Tragische

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Tremendous emotions, an frighteningly prophetic announcement of personal tragedy and an immense scoring for, amongst others, twenty woodwinds, nineteen brass and even an enormous hammer: Gustav Mahler’s Sixth Symphony is superhuman in every respect. So the La Monnaie Orchestra and the Belgian National Orchestra are joining forces to perform this great beast of the symphonic canon. Hugh Wolff, the BNO’s US principal conductor, will lead this double-strength musical elite force through humanity’s struggle against obstinate matter and its resigned acceptance of solitude. Mahler’s tragedy, seeped in philosophical self-reflection shares the programme with Mozart’s final Piano Concerto, with the outstanding pianist Paul Lewis at the keyboard.

Program and cast

Programme


WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
Klavierkonzert Nr.27 B-Dur, KV 595 (1788-1791)


GUSTAV MAHLER
Symphonie Nr.6 a-moll 'Tragische' (1903-1904, rev. 1906)


Cast


Conductor: HUGH WOLFF

Piano: PAUL LEWIS

Belgian National Orchestra & La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra

Production: BELGIAN NATIONAL ORCHESTRA
Co-production: DE MUNT / LA MONNAIE, BOZAR MUSIC

La Monnaie

The Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie is an Opera house in Brussels, Belgium. Both of its names translate as Royal Theatre of the Mint.


Today the National Opera of Belgium, a federal institution, takes the name of the theatre in which it is housed. Therefore, la Monnaie or de Munt refers both to the structure as well as the opera company.


As Belgium's leading opera house it is one of the few cultural institutions which receives financial support from the federal government of Belgium. Other opera houses in Belgium, such as the Vlaamse Opera and the Opéra Royal de Wallonie, are funded by regional governments.

Johan Jacobs
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