No composer had a more decisive influence on the musical development of Benjamin Britten than Gustav Mahler. Britten’s Phantasy for Oboe and Strings is a teenage work of breathtaking precocity, heard here in a performance led by oboe virtuoso Victoria Brawn.
Edward Elgar and Gustav Mahler were both kindred spirits and leading composers who became hugely influential public figures, and yet somehow remained eternal outsiders. Elgar’s Violin Sonata, one of his last works, comes from the World War I years. It’s music of great beauty and dark passion.
Throughout MahlerFest XXXII, we explore the art of orchestration and arrangement, examining Mahler’s arrangements of Beethoven, and arrangements of Mahler’s music by other composers. This concert concludes with a performance of Liszt’s staggeringly virtuosic piano transcription of Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony, a work which had a profound influence on Mahler’s First Symphony, by David Korevaar.