Lucerne Festival: Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Note: The above audio will be available through Sept. 21

In the third of four concerts from the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland, Daniele Gatti leads the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in a program of works by Wagner, Berg, Strauss and Ravel. Jeff Spurgeon hosts the broadcast, which starts at 8 pm.

Frank Peter Zimmermann is the soloist in Berg's lush and poignant Violin Concerto. After the spiritually-oriented first half, the second part of the program focuses on two works that make use of dance forms.

Conductor Claudio Abbado founded the Mahler Youth Orchestra in the 1980s as a means of connecting young Austrian musicians with their counterparts in communist countries such as Hungary. In 1992, the audition process was opened to all European musicians under 26. Today the Vienna-based ensemble regularly tours throughout Europe.

Program

Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra
Daniele Gatti, conductor
Frank Peter Zimmermann, violin

WAGNER Prelude to Act 3 and “Good Friday Spell” from Parsifal
BERG Violin Concerto (“To the Memory of an Angel”)
STRAUSS Suite from the opera Der Rosenkavalier
RAVEL La Valse

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