Five Orchestral Pieces, Op.16 [Original Version]
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30
Matthias Goerne (baritone)
Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester
Reviewed: 25 August, 2020
In this concert from the Proms archives, British conductor Jonathan Nott conducted the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester in a programme framed by a pair of works famously used on the soundtrack of Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey – Ligeti’s nebulous Atmosphères and Strauss’s visionary Also sprach Zarathustra. Leading German baritone Matthias Goerner sings Mahler’s harrowing set of meditations on infant mortality. Premiered at the 1912 Proms by Henry Wood, Schoenberg’s Five Orchestral Pieces contain the composer’s first painterly experiments in shaping melodies based on instrumental colours, as opposed to pitches.