classical music, opera, theatre

Christian Gerhaher, Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

one interval
Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
  • Produced by Müpa Budapest

We regret to inform you that Maria João Pires, the soloist scheduled to play at the concert, will not be able to perform due to health reasons. Instead of the originally announced Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, we will hear Mahler's Rückert-Lieder performed by the outstanding German baritone Christian Gerhaher. The rest of the programme for the evening remains unchanged.

All tickets purchased for the concert are still valid, or can be returned online or in person at our box office until 15 February.

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A concert whose participants - soloist, orchestra and conductor - are all sufficiently renowned to each be capable of filling the hall on their own. On this occasion, however, we will get to hear them play together! An outstanding German baritone, a marvellous British conductor who has been inspiring his audience with superb productions since the beginning of his career, and one of the finest orchestras in Northern Europe. Their programme focuses on one of the most significant figures of Swedish 20th-century composition and two masterpieces from the turn of the century, assuring memories of a stellar evening for the audience.

The predecessor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1927, and the ensemble has been operating under its current name since 1965. Throughout its history, it has been led only by the very finest conductors: Sergiu Celibidache, Herbert Blomstedt, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Yevgeny Svetlanov and Manfred Honeck. Heading these musicians since 2007 is Daniel Harding. Now in his late forties, the conductor developed under the guidance of mentors like Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado at the start of his career. One of the leading German baritones of our time, Christian Gerhaher enjoys delving into the song literature along with his opera roles. The singer, who once took part in Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau's master classes, feels a particular affinity for the music of Schubert and Mahler. On this ocassion, he will be singing Mahler's famous Rückert-Lieder, although not in the usual order. Bookending the concerto are two symphonic poems. Hugo Alfvén's piece En Skärgårdssägen (A Legend of the Skerries, 1904) explores a northern theme in the late-Romantic style of the Swedish composer, known as both a writer and a painter, while Richard Strauss's extremely popular 1896 composition Also sprach Zarathustra based on Nietzsche's philosophical ‘world poem' depicts Man's search for his path forward with a thousand colours and characters.

The concert will be preceded from 6.30 pm by an introductory presentation in Hungarian entitled Prologue, by musicologist Gergely Fazekas, where concert ticket holders will be invited to get to know the performing musicians and the works to be performed more closely.

Presented by: Müpa Budapest


  • Daniel Harding
  • baritone
    Christian Gerhaher
  • Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

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