Symphonic Concert

Orchestre de Paris / Michael Tilson Thomas

Renaud Capuçon - Berg, Mahler

Renaud CapuçonRenaud Capuçon © Marco Borggreve
Michael Tilson ThomasMichael Tilson Thomas © Art Streiber
Renaud CapuçonRenaud Capuçon © Paolo Roversi

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Wednesday, 16 June 2021 — 8:30pm
Thursday, 17 June 2021 — 8:30pm
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  • Alban Berg
    Concerto pour violon "A la mémoire d'un ange"
  • Gustav Mahler
    Symphonie n° 5


  • Orchestre de Paris
  • Michael Tilson Thomas, conducting
  • Renaud Capuçon, violin
Two elegiac masterpieces: Berg's Concerto written for the daughter of Alma Mahler after her tragic death at age 18, followed by Mahler’s Symphony No.5, which Visconti’s Death in Venice made a symbol of post-romantic morbidity.

Scored using the twelve-tone technique, Berg’s Concerto ‘To the Memory of an Angel’ is made up of two movements. The first, which quotes a Carinthian folk song, is a voluble portrait of Manon’s purity, and the second, marked by tragedy and fatum, evokes illness and death, down to the redemptive quotation of a Bach chorale, ‘O Eternity, word of thunder!’  
Through its five movements, Mahler’s imposing Symphony No.5 explores shadow, from its introductory funeral march to the synoptic light of the Finale. In the middle, the static lyricism of the illustrious Adagietto stuns with harmonic sumptuousness and the expression of pain being overcome.


Gustav Mahler : Symphonie no 5 - Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer (direction)
Alban Berg : Concerto pour violon et orchestre "à la mémoire d'un ange" - Tedi Papavrami (violon), Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Manfred Honeck (direction)