10th Symphony Concert 2015/16 //
conductor: Stefan Solyom
soloists: Elisabeth Wimmer (soprano), Uwe Schenker-Primus (baritone)
Erich Wolfgang Korngold Songs
Gustav Mahler Songs · Symphony No. 5
»A genius! A genius! Send that boy to Zemlinksy!« exclaimed Mahler when he listened to a cantata performed by the nine-year-old Erich Wolfgang Korngold in 1906. For the wunderkind, it was the beginning of a stellar career, during which he produced world-famous operas and film scores. Korngold benefited tremendously from his encounter with Mahler who was one of the most influential musicians of his time. Both composers shared an inclination for writing songs, whereby Mahler’s occupation with song-writing also influenced his symphonic style. He constantly alluded to his own songs in his symphonies. His Fifth, which premiered in Cologne in 1904, was the first purely instrumental symphony since his Symphony No. 1. There are references to his songs in his Fifth as well; in the fourth movement, presented with emotion, sensitivity and warmth by a chorus of strings, Mahler alludes to the song »I am lost to the world«, one of the »Seven Songs of Latter Days«.