This week, Sir Simon Rattle will make his Czech Philharmonic orchestra debut. Simon will lead the orchestra in Dvořák’s symphonic poem, The Golden Spinning Wheel, and will then be joined by Magdalena Kožená and Simon O’ Neill for Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde.
Mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená has given numerous hugely successful performances of the work before, most recently and notably with Sir Simon and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in 2018. This recording was recorded and released on BRSO’s in-house label, BR Klassik.
Tenor Simon O’Neill performs Das Lied von der Erde regularly and worldwide. In December 2017, he performed this work together with Sir Simon conducting the London Symphony Orchestra, at London’s Barbican Centre and in Luxembourg. More recent performances include the appearance last week at the Paris Philharmonie, where Valery Gergiev conducted the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. Simon will repeat the cycle in Berlin this spring with Robin Ticciati. Highlights for the remainder of the season include returns to the Wiener Staatsoper, Leipzig Opera and BBC Proms, Die Walküre at the Tanglewood Festival with Andris Nelsons, and Calaf Turandot in Barcelona with Kazushi Ono. Simon’s exciting new release on Decca, of lieder by Beethoven, Schumann, Strauss and Wagner, was released last month. Find out more here.
Performances with the Czech Philharmonic take place on Wednesday 27, Thursday 28 February and Friday 1 March. The concerts will be recorded for the orchestra’s Digital Concert Hall, and Friday night’s concert will be broadcast live on Czech Radio.
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