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National Symphony Orchestra: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Bruckner's Symphony No. 4 / Nathalie Stutzmann, contralto, sings Mahler

National Symphony Orchestra: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Bruckner's Symphony No. 4 / Nathalie Stutzmann, contralto, sings Mahler

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - Saturday, June 11, 2016

National Symphony Orchestra

Christoph Eschenbach continues his multi-season Mahler exploration with the composer's Rückert-Lieder featuring contralto Nathalie Stutzmann. As a well-known Bruckner champion, Eschenbach also conducts Bruckner's Fourth Symphony.

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Christoph Eschenbach continues the NSO's multi-season Mahler exploration with the composer's Rückert-Lieder featuring Nathalie Stutzmann, who returns to the Concert Hall for the second time this season. The "musically confident and imaginative" (Opera News) contralto sings this collection of lyrical songs inspired by five poetic ruminations on summertime, innocence, destiny, acquiescence, and love.

As a well-known Bruckner champion, Eschenbach also conducts Bruckner's Fourth Symphony.

"Bruckner's 4th Symphony illustrates his dark side with obscure harmonies, repeated phrases, and heavy rhythms, but also demonstrates how delightful life can be through simple melodies. For my role, the piece poses tremendous technical challenges. It begins with a pianissimo horn solo in the high register, which Bruckner uses to announce the dawn. The horn is subsequently used as the leading symbol of his principal themes during the entire first movement!"
--Abel Pereira, NSO principal horn

Performance Timing: Part One - 20 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 75 min.

Patron Note: There is NO late seating for this performance. Please plan to arrive with sufficient time to be seated before the concert begins.