Conductor Jukka Pekka Saraste

Jukka Pekka Saraste © jukkapekkasaraste com

Mahler at a Crossroads

This concert was played:

  1. Symphony No. 6
  1. Jukka-Pekka Saraste conductor

Gustav Mahler wanted his symphonies to encompass the whole world, and here, his life was at a decisive crossroads. The Oslo Philharmonic will be conducted by its previous Chief Conductor, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, in Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 – one of the composer’s darkest works.

Gustav Mahler’s (1860–1911) symphonies can’t be compared to anything else in the canon of 20th century music. His aim was for his symphonies to encompass the whole world, and the world he lived in was at a decisive crossroads, both politically and artistically.

Mahler composed his Symphony No. 6 during one of the happiest periods of his life, in 1903 and 1904. Still, the music is some of the darkest he ever wrote, and has been interpreted as a kind of premonition of the dark times awaiting both the composer and the whole of Europe. In the fourth and final movement there are crushing hammer blows; an attack on any remaining shreds of optimism.

Jukka-Pekka Saraste has had a close relationship with the Oslo Philharmonic since his first concerts in the 1980s. He was Chief Conductor from 2006–2013, and was made Conductor Laureate in 2013. Saraste’s Mahler interpretations with the Oslo Philharmonic have long been considered special occasions.

(Translation from Norwegian: Sarah Osa)


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