Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Beyond the Score: Mahler 4
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More than 150 years before Ozzy Osborne and Alice Cooper, Romantic composer Hector Berlioz was writing music about witches, guillotines and bizarre drug-induced hallucinations. Now the Chicago Symphony Orchestra plays his masterpiece, Symphonie fantastique, a phantasmagorical adventure that still shocks and amazes. Written to impress an Irish actress who would later become his wife, Berlioz held back nothing in this intense display of genius. After the concert, join the Beyond the Score creative team for a Q&A about this sensational work that inspired the score to Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. Learn More
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There is an actress and actor and a narrator giving information about Mahler's life and how he looked at music. The actress read from his wife's point of view and the actor read from Mahler's point of view. Additionally, there was a soprano singer, pianist, and the orchestra playing or singing very short tidbits to go along with the narration. That was the first half and then the orchestra plays the entire piece through after intermission.
Personally, I found the first half to be extremely annoying because the orchestra kept playing such short pieces that it was disruptive and as interesting as it was to learn about Mahler's life and his thought process, the narrating was like a lullaby.Personally, I felt like it was a great idea but poor execution.
Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, completed in 1901, is one of his most immediately attractive and approachable works, a gorgeous cornucopia of musical memories and dreams filled with folk tunes, children’s songs, klezmer music, art songs, Viennese waltzes, military marches and—at the heart of the work—one of the most passionate slow movements written by Mahler.
The CSO explores the place of this music in the art and culture of late 19th century Vienna, in the rich and decadent final years of the Habsburg Empire, and delves into the sensuous beauty of the final movement, one of Mahler’s most ravishing songs, a childlike dream of the life in heaven that greets those who have suffered on this earth.
Markus Stenz, conductor
Nicole Cabell, soprano
Gerard McBurney, creative director
William Brown, actor
Laura T. Fisher, actress
Elizabeth Buccheri, piano
The CSO’s highly successful multimedia series Beyond the Score reveals the story behind great works of music, with dramatized commentary and multimedia illustrations. The first half of the concert is a live documentary with an engaging exploration of the score, discussion of its context in history, and live musical examples. Following intermission the work is played in its entirety.
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