Concentrating every conceivable passion, the concert features Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Trumpet Concerto, entitled Nobody knows de trouble I see – a protest against racism – and Mahler’s Second, ‘Resurrection’ Symphony: ‘I shall die in order to live!’ Zimmermann’s Trumpet Concerto reminds of that style which in the 1950s, as a third stream, attempted to merge classical music and jazz. However, the undertaking succeeds in this piece. The Vienna Philharmonic celebrate swinging walkingbasslines. Bluesy melodies and bigbandlike outbursts merge with elements of classical modernity into a complex energy field. In it, Håkan Hardenberger masters an elegiaccomplaining part with unexceptional presence.
Eruption and ecstasy, apocalypse and apotheosis can all be heard in Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2, excellently enhanced and subtly soundpainted by the Wiener Philharmoniker under the absolutely sovereign direction of Andris Nelsons and with soloists Lucy Crowe (soprano), Ekaterina Gubanova (contralto) and the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks.
Bernd Alois Zimmermann
Nobody knows de trouble I see.
Concerto for trumpet and orchestra
Symphony No. 2 in C minor – “Resurrection”
Håkan Hardenberger, trumpet
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Lucy Crowe, soprano
Ekaterina Gubanova, contralto
Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Howard Arman, chorus master