Liberation through forced marriage? In Humperdinck's comic operaDie Heirat wider Willen, protagonist Luise entangles her entourage in all kinds of intrigues, but these ultimately lead to two happy marriages. Humperdinck's wife Hedwig wrote the libretto, which has feminist overtones, based on Alexandre Dumas'Les demoiselles de Saint Cyr.
Based on the folk song collectionDes Knaben Wunderhornby Achim von Arnim and Clemens Brentano, Mahler created a musical cosmos over many years that contains all facets of human life. The ballad-like, humorous orchestral songs are intended to be gender-neutral, regardless of vocal register, and can be freely combined.
Franz Schubert literally carried Ludwig van Beethoven to his grave as a torchbearer in 1827. Beethoven had set the bar high for the genre of the symphony, but Schubert managed to free himself from the shadow of the 'titan' with one last stroke of genius. With hisGrosses, the Symphony in C major, he embarked on a new symphonic path and at the same time recalled musical traditions with folksong-like episodes.
Performers and additional information:
Basel Symphony Orchestra
Christiane Karg, soprano
Ivor Bolton, conductor
Engelbert Humperdinck (1854-1921):
Overture toDie Heirat wider Willen(1905)
Gustav Mahler (1860-1911):
Songs fromDes Knaben Wunderhorn(1892/96)
Franz Schubert (1797-1828):
Symphony No. 8 in C major,Die Grosse, D 944 (1828)
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