MahlerFest contains works by Bartók, Casella, visitor composer Christopher Gunning


Thirty-fifth pageant returns to near-normal with 5 days of actions

By Peter Alexander Could 16 at 10:20 p.m.

It has solely been 9 months because the COVID-postponed 34th Colorado MahlerFest, however the pageant is returning in its common Could slot and with a full schedule this week.

Performances within the 35th pageant embrace the standard Sunday afternoon Stan Ruttenberg Memorial Live performance (May22) in Macky Auditorium that includes a Mahler Symphony—this 12 months the Third— in addition to a symposium Saturday. Different occasions embrace music for piano (Tuesday), a movie screening (Wednesday), chamber music (Thursday), a free live performance of movie music on the Boulder Bandshell (Friday) and an opera efficiency (Saturday; see full schedule under). There are additionally open rehearsals and social occasions in the course of the week.

Kenneth Woods with the Colorado MahlerFest Orchestra. Phot by Keith Bobo.

Full particulars and tickets can be found on the MahlerFest Net web page.

“We’re actually excited to do a quote ‘regular’ pageant,” MahlerFest’s creative director Kenneth Woods says. “It will likely be the largest pageant we’ve finished to this point.”

The signature occasion of the pageant is the annual efficiency of a Mahler symphony. That’s how the pageant was began, and it stays the end result of the week’s actions. The Third Symphony “is the largest of the large items, probably the most Mahler-ish of the Mahler symphonies,” Woods says. It will likely be offered within the first U.S. efficiency of a brand new vital version from the writer Breitkopf & Härtel.

The Third is certainly a sprawling work in six actions divided into two components: A gap march, titled “Pan Awakes; Summer season Marches In” that lasts half-hour or extra; and a collection of 5 actions in differing types and for differing forces, titled respectively “What the flowers within the meadow inform me,” “What the animals within the forest inform me,” “What man tells me,” “What the angels inform me” and “What love tells me.”

In Woods’s phrases, the opening motion is “a creation delusion. It’s extremely epic.” That exuberant, daring march is adopted by a collection of extra intimate reflections that grew out of Mahler’s reverence for nature. The flowers encourage a swish minuet, the animals an brisk scherzo that features a nostalgic offstage posthorn solo.

Kenneth Woods. Photograph by Chris Inventory.

“What man tells me” is an ominous alto solo utilizing a textual content from Nietzsche, “O Man! Take heed!” The angels are represented with a folk-like tune accompanied by a kids’s refrain imitating bells, and within the remaining motion the complete orchestra with out singers brings love’s message within the type of a broad, lyrical sluggish motion. 

“Fashionable-day fascination with this piece for me is making an attempt to grasp what Mahler means when he says, ‘What the flowers inform me’,” Woods says. “It’s fairly exceptional that he’s taking these virtually naive concepts and writing large motion after large motion of intricate, refined music.

“I see the piece virtually as a name to motion. It should encourage us to hear as Mahler listened, (and) to take heed to Mahler’s music as he listened to the flowers. It’s so well timed—what was as soon as light warnings at the moment are pressing cries of alarm. When you concentrate on Mahler’s evocation of the natural world, and what now not exists, there is a component of a prophetic warning within the Third Symphony, however a complete lot of hope.”

Since taking on as director of the pageant in 2015, Woods has expanded the scope of the pageant to incorporate music by composers associated to Mahler in a technique or one other. Along with the Third Symphony of Mahler, the Sunday live performance will characteristic the world premiere of the tenth symphony of British composer Christopher Gunning.

Christopher Gunning

A outstanding composer of movie scores who has turned extra to the writing of symphonies, Gunning is said to Mahler via the world of movie music. Woods factors out that the earliest movie composers—Franz Waxman, Max Steiner and Erich Wolfgang Korngold—have been all Austrian- or German-born musicians who introduced the fashion of Mahler and his contemporaries to Hollywood.

And now, he says, Gunning is returning the film-music fashion to the symphony, “a type of musical arc of the final 100 years coming full circle. Gunning is taking the place movie music obtained to and going again into that large-scale exploration of sonata type (of the symphony) utilizing the language that it developed via to him.”

The presence of Mahler’s fashion in movie music shall be explored in additional depth within the free Friday night live performance on the Boulder Bandshell, in a program titled “Mahler and the Motion pictures.” 

One other work with a distant relationship to Mahler is the opera Bluebeard’s Fortress by Bartók, which shall be offered in a chamber model Friday. Half a technology youthful than Mahler, Bartók wrote the opera in 1911, the 12 months of Mahler’s dying, and noticed its first efficiency in 1918.

“It’s the most superb of operas,” Woods says. “I might not attempt to persuade anybody that Bartók and Mahler are in any approach the identical, however they’re respiration the identical air, and feeding from the identical streams. What fascinates me is stylistically how far they diverge, however the position of vernacular music in each composers is provocative for its time, and that’s one thing that does hyperlink them in an fascinating approach.”

Soprano April Frederick

The chamber model of Bluebeard’s Fortress shall be offered in a live performance efficiency, with restricted lighting results drawn from Bartók’s state of affairs for the opera. The efficiency will characteristic soprano April Frederick as Judith and bass Gustav Andreassen as Bluebeard. Fredericks will communicate in regards to the opera at Saturday’s symposium in a chat titled “Self-will and missed connections in Bluebeard’s Fortress.”

The remainder of the symposium program, and the applications of the opposite concert events are listed in full under. There’s an excessive amount of music not by Mahler—items by Bruckner, Casella, George Crumb, Beethoven, John Williams and others—however for Woods the main target stays firmly on Mahler’s symphonies, whatever the program content material.

“This would be the first 12 months that you could hear a few of each single Mahler symphony within the pageant, should you come to each occasion,” he says. “In truth, I can assure listeners that they’ll hear some of each Mahler symphony on Friday night time (“Mahler and the Motion pictures”)—simply not in the way in which they’re used to listening to it.”

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Colorado MahlerFest XXXV
“What Mahler Tells Me”

Mahler on the Piano
David Korevaar and Jeremy Reger, piano

  • Bruckner: Symphony No. 3, actions II and IV (organized by Mahler)
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 3, “Menuetto aus der III. Symphonie” (organized by Ignaz Friedman)
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 4, motion IV ”Das himmlische Leben” (organized for piano by Mahler; performed by Mahler by way of piano roll)
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 5, motion I “Trauermarsch” (organized by Stadl)
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 6, actions II and III (organized by Alexander Zemlinsky)
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 7, motion V (organized by Alfredo Casella)

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Could 17
Grusin Corridor, CU Imig Music Constructing

Film: Underneath Suspicion
Movie Screening of Underneath Suspicion, starring Liam Neeson and Laura San Giacomo
Movie rating by MahlerFest visitor composer Christopher Gunning

3 p.m. Wednesday, Could 18
Boedecker Theater, Dairy Arts Middle

Quartets and Extra
Zachary De Pue, Karen Bentley Pollick and Suzanne Casey, violin; Lauren Spaulding, viola; Kenneth Woods and Parry Karp, cello; and Jennifer Hayghe, piano

  • Christopher Gunning: Piano Trio
  • Alfredo Casella: Cello Sonata No. 1
  • George Crumb: Sonata for solo cello
  • Beethoven: String Quartet No. 16 in F main, op. 13
    III. Lento assai, cantabile e tranquilla
  • Bartók: String Quartet No. 1

4 p.m. Thursday, Could 19
Mountain View United Methodist Church

Mahler and the Motion pictures
Colorado MahlerFest Chamber Orchestra, Kenneth Woods, conductorMax Steiner: Music from King Kong (arr. Steven Stanke)

  • Christopher Gunning: The Belgian Detective: Theme from Angela Christie’s Poirot (arr. Kenneth Woods)
  • Franz Waxman: Suite from Sundown Boulevard (arr. Matthew Lynch)
  • Mahler: Adagietto from Symphony No. 5 (arr. Kenneth Woods)
  • Korngold: Suite from Captain Blood (arr. Luciano Williamson)
  • John Williams: Theme from Schindler’s Checklist
  • Gunning: Music from Underneath Suspicion (arr. Kenneth Woods)
  • George Morton: Mahler, A Ultimate Frontier, Fantasy on themes of Mahler and Braveness

6 p.m. Friday, Could 20
Boulder Bandshell, 1212 Canyon Blvd.; Free

Symposium
MahlerFest XXXV Symposium

  • Leah Batstone: “Mahler’s Nietzsche: Philosophical Resonances within the Early Symphonies”
  • April Fredrick: “’Now all is darkness’: Self-Will and missed connections in Bluebeard’s Fortress
  • Peter Franklin: “Mirroring the world? What a sentimental trombone, a distant posthorn and The Chook of the Evening inform us a couple of symphony”
  • Kenneth Woods: “Decoding Mahler’s Third Symphony”
  • Nick Pfefferkorn: “Mahler Third Symphony: Insights on the primary vital version from the editor’s desk”

9 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, Could 21
Mountain View United Methodist Church; Free

Bluebeard’s Fortress
Colorado MahlerFest Chamber Orchestra, Kenneth Woods, conductor
April Frederick, soprano, and Gustav Andreassen, bass

  • Bartók: Bluebeard’s Fortress
    Organized for chamber orchestra by Christopher van Tuinen and Michael Karcher-Younger

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Could 21
Mountain View Methodist Church

Mahler’s Third Symphony 
Colorado MahlerFest Orchestra, Kenneth Woods, conductor
With Stacey Rishoi, mezzo-soprano, Ladies of the Boulder Live performance Chorale and Boulder Youngsters’s Chorale Competition Choir

  • Christopher Gunning: Symphony No. 10 (World premiere)
  • Mahler: Symphony no. 3

3:30 p.m. Sunday, Could 22
Macky Auditorium

Extra data and tickets for all MahlerFest performances can be found HER