BRAHMS’ FIRST SYMPHONY
RUNE BERGMANN conductor
MARIANNE BEATE KIELLAND mezzo-soprano (pictured)
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Brahms took 14 years to write his first symphony, a masterwork for all time. Celebrated Norwegian mezzo-soprano Marianne Beate Kielland journeys through Mahler’s searching Wayfarer, one delight from an unforgettable evening of late-Romantic treasures.
WAGNER Overture to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Wagner’s opera was a departure in many ways from his usual style, but its overture retains his vivid sense of triumph and passion.
MAHLER Songs of a Wayfarer
Mercurial and ecstatic, Mahler’s charming themes appear later in his first symphony. This, his first song cycle, announced his genius to the world.
BRAHMS Symphony No. 1
Brahms, in awe of Beethoven’s Ninth, aspired to equal it in the finale of this proud and majestic symphony.