In the second of four broadcasts from the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland, Daniel Harding leads the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in a program of reflective works by Schubert and Schumann. Jeff Spurgeon hosts the broadcast, which starts at 8 pm.
The program is bookended with Schubert's setting of Goethe’s poem "Song of the Spirits" and his Mass in E-flat, two works that address themes of humanity's precarious existence, how we relate to the higher powers and eternity. Both reflect his own complex relationship to his Catholic faith. In between is Schumann's hushed Nachtlied.
Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Daniel Harding, conductor
Mari Eriksmoen, soprano
Bernarda Fink, alto
Andrew Staples, tenor
Franz-Josef Selig, bass
SCHUBERT Gesang der Geister über den Wassern (Song of the Spirits over the Waters), D 714 (with the Bavarian Radio Choir)
SCHUMANN Nachtlied (“Night Song”), Op. 108
SCHUBERT Mass in E-flat major, D 950 (with the Swedish Radio Choir)
Recorded at KKL Luzern, Concert Hall