February 3, 2019
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Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 6 “Tragic” (1904) (4-hands arr. Zemlinsky)
Sanctuary Series – 6:45 Russell Steinberg
Inna Faliks & Daniel Schlosberg, piano
Gustav Mahler’s compelling Sixth Symphony – like the sprawling Seventh, one of his lesser known – is subtitled “Tragic.” Given his public struggles with anti-Semitism, some think the 1904 symphony sees into the calamitous future –– a premonition. More personally, the promiscuity of his wife Alma is a subtext that anticipates notorious future affairs. He dedicated the rapturous adagio to her. Mahler’s friend, composer Alexander von Zemlinsky (and one of Alma’s lovers), made a piano four hands reduction to increase access to the daring new work. Of their National Gallery of Art debut performance of the work The Washington Post said, Inna Faliks and Daniel Schlosberg “offered a highly personal and subjective reading, full of shifts in color and tempo, with individual passages brimming with character.” Jacaranda will add percussion from the full score: Mahler’s critically important hammer blows and the atmospheric cowbells to enhance the concert hall experience. This 75-minute symphony will be performed without intermission.