On this tour, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra makes its annual return to the renowned Festival de Saint-Denis.
Since its origin, exhilarating symphonic works, artistic collaborations, and recitals of both old and new music have defined the Festival de Saint-Denis, a wonderfully engaging partner for the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. This year the festival celebrates 50 years of inspiring performances.
Returning now for a third annual residency in Saint-Denis, Mahler Chamber Orchestra musicians will perform a chamber music concert, with works from Alban Berg, Gustav Mahler, Richard Wagner and Luciano Berio.
Noting that over a century separate the birth dates of Richard Wagner and Luciano Berio, this MCO chamber music programme is testament to the fact that beautiful lyricism can be found in all musical eras. The works of Mahler and Berg, their births a mere 25 years apart, give the listener a clue to the amazing and fast-paced changes, which took place in the 19th century. In addition, continuing with the theme of birthdays and anniversaries: Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, composed for the celebration of his wife Cosima’s birthday in 1870 and as a remembrance of the recent birth of their son, Siegfried, will be performed in Saint-Denis in the form originally created by Wagner for a small chamber ensemble of 13 musicians.
Award winning mezzo-soprano, Eva Zaïcik, joins the MCO for this very melodious evening.
An interesting note to this concert venue: the Maisons d'éducation de la Légion d'honneur was established by Napoleon to facilitate the education of young women whose father, grandfather or great-grandfather had been awarded the Légion d'honneur. The Mahler Chamber Orchestra looks forward to participating in the Festival de Saint-Denis for many years in the future.