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Pablo González conducts Mahler and Toldrá
Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya. With Elena Copons, Donald Litaker and Christian Gerhaher

The OBC and its conductor Pablo González close the 2011-2012 season with Das Lied von der Erde by Gustav Mahler. The work closes the cycle of the Bohemian composer's symphonic Lieder - a series initiated last season. Das Lied von der Erde could have been Mahler's ninth symphony, if the composer was not too shy to dare having his own ninth, after the ones Beethoven, Schubert or Bruckner wrote.

Das Lied von der Erde is based on Chinese poems translated by Hans Bethge. These Chinese verses consoled Mahler for the pain that he felt at the impassive presence of death, which he reflected in such captivating music that entrances listeners with sound. Renowned singers with such highly acclaimed international careers, Donald Litaker and Christian Gerhaher, add the golden touch to the season.


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Broadcast date : June 2, 2012, 5 p.m.

Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya (OBC)
Pablo González conductor
Elena Copons soprano
Donald Litaker tenor
Christian Gerhaher baritone

Movie director : Jean-Pierre Loisil

Location : Sala Pau Casals, L’Auditori (Barcelona, Spain)