After Mahler

October 31 – November 1, 1997

Production Language German;English
Country of Origin United States
Description Torn between triumph and despair, Gustav Mahler has cast a long shadow over our troubled century. Anchoring this white-hot concert is the Adagio from Mahler’s last, unfinished Tenth Symphony, in which the composer, confronting death, moves from calamity to an unearthly repose. The climax of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Stimmen...verstummen (Silenced Voices) is pure silence, a cadenza for conductor, beating time against a void. For the late French-Canadian composer Claude Vivier, Zipangu—Marco Polo’s term for Japan—symbolized the anguished search for new realms of expression. Both Mahler-influenced works are major New York premieres. The Interplay explores Mahler’s influence on Shostakovich, Schnittke, and Silvestrov, and other major Russian artists who gave voice to their country’s political and moral tragedy.
Identifier 1997f.00608