The Mahler Chamber Orchestra's yearly collaboration with Conductor Laureate Daniel Harding reunites them this spring. The tour will take them to the festivals of Ravenna, Bologna and the MCO's residency in Saint-Denis. Rooted in years of trust and friendship between the MCO and Daniel Harding, they bring a colourful program filled with themes such as reunion, nostalgia and resistance.
The core piece of the tour is Dvořák's 7th Symphony. Together with Daniel Harding, the MCO has explored the range of Dvořák's compositions to a great extent in the past. The 7th Symphony depicts the personal and political crisis the composer was going through at the time of composing. Losing both his mother and eldest child in a short timeframe makes the composer expose himself in a more vulnerable and nostalgic way, reaching back to the Slavonic melodies of his youth in the Czech Republic.
Colourful contrast is provided by the Violin Concerto in E-Minor by F. Mendelssohn. The composer’s last large orchestral work marks itself as one of the most popular pieces in the violin repertoire. The solo violin part will be performed by Alina Ibragimova, making her second appearance with the MCO this season, after a first successful collaboration last autumn.
Beethoven's Egmont Ouverture, performed at the Italian stops of the tour, shows a strong display of Beethoven's frustration with the political regime of his time. He expresses his concerns through the exaltation of the heroic sacrifice of a man condemned to death for having taken a valiant stand against oppression. Non-coincidental, he writes the piece in F-Minor, a key that represents death and tragedy.