The Budapest Festival Orchestra (BFO) will play Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 at the Palace of Arts on three evenings beginning on Thursday, and will then embark on a Western European tour playing in six cities (magyarhirlap.hu)
For decades, Gustav Mahler has been very important for the Festival Orchestra, which has enjoyed great success in interpreting his compositions both in Hungary and abroad - said Júlia Váradi, the BFO’s media manager, to MTI (Hungarian News Agency).
Although the annual Budapest Mahler Festival series has come to an end, it was during the last one in 2012 that the ensemble’s recently published CD was recorded at the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, featuring Symphony No. 5 conducted by music director Iván Fischer.
The BFO will play Symphony No. 9 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Palace of Arts; this piece of music will also feature the programme of the Western European tour in early December.
Gustav Mahler finished Symphony No. 9 in the summer of 1909 and then, as recalled by the piece’s first conductor, Bruno Walter, he took the Symphony with him to New York in autumn of the same year to engross the manuscript that told of his disquiet.“He likely brought it to Vienna in the spring of 1910, but I cannot recall if I saw it back then, I got hold of it most probably only after his death” - wrote the conductor, who conducted the premier of the symphony in June 1912.
Franz Willnauer, Austrian theatre historian, Mahler researcher and festival director will deliver a presentation with additional information and enigmas related to this composition at the Palace of Arts on Thursday afternoon. The theatre historian’s book written about Mahler’s activity at the Vienna opera house is a fundamental resource for research into Mahler’s work. A photo exhibition in the foyer of the Palace of Arts will also evoke memories of Mahler’s time spent in Budapest.