venues for this concert
The third Mahler festival will take place in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw exactly a century after the first edition in 1920. Amsterdam Sinfonietta will perform a chamber music programme based on this celebrated composer and conductor. Mahler frequently conducted Wagner’s operas. He knew the celebrated prelude from Tristan und Isolde like the back of his hand. Mahler himself wrote just one chamber music work for several instruments: his piano quartet dating from 1876. It is his earliest surviving work and reveals the roots of his composing style. Alfred Schnittke took sketches discarded by Mahler and transformed them into a new piano quartet. One hears alternating snippets of both composers throughout the work. At its conclusion Schnittke makes space for the uncompleted scherzo from Mahler’s piano quartet. The Metamorphosen by Richard Strauss - Mahler’s contemporary and good friend - is considered to be the high point of Strauss’s final compositional period. Originally, he wrote the work for 23 strings; however, Amsterdam Sinfonietta will perform the popular chamber music arrangement for string septet.