Sparks fly as a virtuoso concerto with a soft spot for the operatic stage faces a symphony whose resolute journey from darkness to light pauses for a fervent outpouring of love.
Weber Clarinet Concerto No.1
Mahler Symphony No.5
Conductor Daniele Rustioni
Clarinet Daniel Ottensamer *
*change to originally advertised soloist.
When Mahler first saw Niagara Falls he exclaimed “fortissimo at last!”. He was something of a connoisseur of course. But an afficionado of the most delicate heart-stopping pianissimos too. A composer of extremes. Written on the cusp of the 20th century, the Symphony No. 5 opens with a hollow funereal fanfare, closes on a note of all-conquering optimism, and in the harp-gilded Adagietto sends a tender billet-doux to his new wife. First, Weber’s athletic concerto sets the scene with crystalline poise.
In just a few short years Daniele Rustioni has conquered the world’s opera houses from Covent Garden to La Scala. And with orchestras such as Rome’s Santa Cecilia and the LPO under his belt, he’s no symphonic slouch either. “Clearly another rising talent destined for big things” says The Times.
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