A Mahlerian October in Beijing

fourconductorsThe 2011 installment of Beijing Music Festival is seen on various websites, with information of the stellar international cast to play Gustav Mahler’s symphonies and Lieder in the coming October. There are names like Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Myung-Whun Chung, Riccardo Muti (all four pictured) and many more.

The concerts include :-

  • October 6: An opening evening with Mahler eighth conducted by Charles Dutoit. China Philharmonic Orchestra is the main drive.
  • October 7: A Mahler chamber concert by American Curtis Chamber Orchestra with some mysterious programmes. Perhaps Quartettsatz?
  • October 8: Uri Caine will play Urlicht with his jazz band.
  • October 9: Sumi Jo sings in a recital “From Vivaldi to Mahler.” (She’s singing in the Mahler eighth also as Mater Gloriosa)
  • October 10: Shenyang sings in a recital with Austro-Germanic repertoire. Perhaps with some Mahlers.
  • October 12: Daniel Harding conducts China Philharmonic with Mahler fourth. Sumi Jo sings again.
  • October 14: Li Xincao conducts China National Symphony Orchestra with Mahler ninth. It’s a memorial concert for Li Delun, a Chinese conductor pioneer who died ten years ago.
  • October 15: Manfred Honeck conducts Mahler second. Both soloists would be Chinese. Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra is paired up with Chorus of Shanghai Opera House.
  • October 16: Myung-Whun Chung conducts Shanghai Symphony with Mahler sixth.
  • October 17: Tan Lihua conducts Mahler tenth. No specification on which version would be played, though mysteriously there’s a baritone in the bill. Beijing Symphony Orchestra is the main drive.
  • October 18: Yuri Termikanov conducts China Philharmonic in Mahler third.
  • October 23: After a break with some other concerts there comes Das Lied von der Erde. Li Liuyi is the stage director; do expect deviations from a normal concert setting. Maybe Warren Mok and Liao Changyong will dress like T’ang poets while they sing? Yang Yang conducts the China Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • October 25: Helmuth Rilling with Bach-Collegium Stuttgart and Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart. What will they do? “Mahler Meets Bach.”
  • October 26: Mahler seventh with Lan Shui conducts the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
  • October 27: After the Hong Kong recital Anne Sofie von Otter will sing in Beijing. With Pekka Kuusisto mysteriously present on the bill, I doubt if the concert has the same programme with Hong Kong.
  • October 28: Surprisingly Eliahu Inbal also joins the game with Mahler first. Singapore Symphony Orchestra performs.
  • October 29: Christoph Eschenbach conducts Mahler fifth, also flying with him Matthias Goerne. They would be appearing in Hong Kong with Vienna Philharmonic in early October, but in Beijing they will be performing with China Philharmonic.
  • October 30: The closing concert features Riccardo Muti and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra with an unspecified programme.

The long list is consolidated from a more complete list here.

Photo: Charles Dutoit by The New York Times; Christoph Eschenbach by the LA Phil

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