Camerata RCO - members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Rolf Verbeek, conductor
Laetitia Gerards, soprano
Thu 19 Nov ’2020:15 uurOnline
The Verein für musikalische Privataufführungen was founded in 1918 in Vienna. Schönberg's aim - followed by Alban Berg and Anton Webern, the other two members of the so called Second Viennese School - was to primarily perform music by contemporary composers and present it to the audience in Vienna which was mainly conservative at heart.
Mahler had been a friend of Schönberg's from 1899 to his death in 1911, but his work was still far from the general recognition and appreciation is has nowadays. Mahler wrote the first three movements of his 4th symphony during the summers of 1899 and 1900. "I really only wanted to write a symphonic humoresque, but it somehow grew into a full-lenght symphony', he once said about about this work. It's true that there is a certain lightness to it - 'the basic atmosphere is blue, a heavenly blue' according to Mahler - but it also had an underlying and rather chilling plan...
The Camerata players gave a warm, glowing performance