Orchestre de Paris / Jaap van Zweden
Khatia Buniatishvili - Mozart, Mahler
To leave after this concert
- Taxi G7
- Orchestre de Paris
- Jaap van Zweden, conducting
- Khatia Buniatishvili, piano
Olivier Messiaen considered Concerto No.23, with its stunning and ‘prophetic’ Adagio, to be Mozart’s finest score; it is true that its harmonic and melodic perfection, and its dramatic effect worthy of Don Giovanni, make it an absolute masterpiece among concertos. In counterpoint, Mahler’s Symphony No.1, long misunderstood, offers four movements already indicative of the composer’s artistry: the creation of enchanting and static layers of sound, the tragic reactivation of the Lied spirit, the ironic use of borrowed references and parody, mixing gravity and futility, and meditative inspiration rimmed with fantastical shadows. The Symphony’s nickname ‘Titan’ is a reference to the poet Jean Paul, whom Schumann admired, as an homage to romanticism and the promise of surpassing it.