Contemplating Mahler

Premieres by Andrea Lorenzo Scartazzini

For each of the ten Mahler symphonies, Andrea Lorenzo Scartazzini has composed a short orchestral work which contemplates the music and intellectual world of Mahler’s great works. A chance coincidence now brings three world premieres in quick succession. “Incantesimo”, the fourth work in the cycle commissioned by the Jena Philharmonic and its Music Director Simon Gaudenz, precedes Mahler’s 4th Symphony with a setting of Joseph von Eichendorff’s “Abendständchen”. Sounding as if from a bygone age, “Incantesimo” begins in the related key of E minor and extends its harmonic range from verse to verse. “Einklang” for orchestra precedes Mahler’s 5th Symphony. These two works receive their world premieres on 28 April and 19 May 2022 in the Volkshaus Jena. On 11 July 2022 a guest performance follows at the Gustav Mahler Music Weeks in Dobiacco/Toblach, Italy, not far from Mahler’s composing hut in South Tirol. – “So sieht's aus” [“Here’s how it looks”]: at the world premiere on 15 May 2022 voice and poetry are also centre stage. Soprano Sarah Maria Sun and Jan Philip Schulze perform songs for soprano and piano to texts by Nora and Eugen Gomringer at the “LIEDBasel” 2022 Festival. (Photo: LA Consulting)