- Marc Piollet (Dirigent)
3rd symphony concert
Conducted by Marc Piollet
Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 7
Between the sonorous Sixth with its powerful hammer blows (of fate) and the grandiose Eighth with its huge chorus, Mahler's 7th Symphony too often falls behind. Yet in its stylistic and atmospheric fragility on the threshold between tradition and modernity, it is at least as ‘typically’ Mahler as its more publicised sister works. In fact, in his Seventh, especially in the harmonically maximally condensed opening movement, the composer occasionally even ventures hard to the limits of tonality, while the rondo finale can almost be interpreted as an exaggerated satire on traditional symphonic conventions.
The three middle movements are subtly balanced character pieces – atmospheric images of genuine Mahlerian expression and poignancy, in which he once again captivatingly brings to life his own inner conflict. Two Nachtmusik movements, drenched in Wunderhorn magic and nature sounds, but at the same time markedly artful in the processing and linking of musical themes, frame an unmistakable Mahler scherzo that juxtaposes muffled plaintive sounds with ghostly wild dance gestures. A dance of death on the musical ruins of the irretrievable past?
Öffentliche Generalprobe am Sonntag, 11 Uhr in der Weimarhalle