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Orchestre de Paris / Saraste

Janine Jansen - Bartók, Mahler
Grande salle Pierre Boulez - Philharmonie


Béla Bartók
Concerto pour violon n°1
Gustav Mahler
Symphonie n° 5


Orchestre de Paris
Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conducting
Janine Jansen, violin

Intimate and secretly romantic, Bartók's Violin Concerto is an ideal prelude to Mahler's masterpiece, which the cinema has made into a symbol of the tears of Eros. 

An early work that was to be premiered after the composer's death, this First Concerto is marked by Bartók's exaltation of love for the violinist Stefi Geyer, to whom it is dedicated. A rhapsodic spirit animates its two movements, the first of which, lyrical and meditative, was taken up by Bartók, under the title Ideal, in the first of his two Portraits for Orchestra. The still post-Romantic accents in this score open up the vast poetic fresco that is Mahler's Symphony No. 5. Organically linked, its five movements summon the energy of the dance and the rigour of the fugue, but not without the composer's own veil of irony. The Adagietto for strings, imbued with a sublime languor, inevitably evokes the images of Visconti in his film Death in Venice, inspired by Thomas Mann's novella. 


Grande salle Pierre Boulez - Philharmonie

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