Toronto Summer Music > Mainstage Concert > Song of the Earth

Song of the Earth

August 1, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Koerner Hall
273 Bloor St W

Various Artists

Song of the Earth

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Gemma New, conductor 
Rihab Chaieb, mezzo-soprano 
Mario Bahg, tenor 
Jonathan Crow, violin 

Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219 “Turkish”
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (arr. Schoenberg/Riehn) 

Mozart adopted the quasi-Middle Eastern or “Turkish” style that was popular in his day on several occasions, such as the comic opera The Abduction from the Seraglio and the Piano Sonata that opens this year’s Festival. Violin Concerto No. 5 is another example. The influence comes to the fore mid-way through the concluding Rondo, where he switches to a minor key and instructs the cellos and basses to strike their strings with the wood of the bow. The result is catchy and exhilarating. In Das Lied von der Erde, Mahler’s symphony for voices and instruments, he set German translations of wise, insightful Chinese poems that date back to the eighth century. Together the words and music address, in soul-stirring fashion, some of the most poignant of all philosophical ideas. Among them are the meanings of life, love, and death, the searing reality of loneliness, and the eternal mystery of reality versus illusion. 

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