The Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra is a new star on the podium, who this evening is performing in Denmark for the first time. She brings with her the colourful Mexican national music by Revueltas, which culminates in ecstatic rhythms – as well as the German tenor Julian Prégardien, who sings Mahler.
In record time, Alondra de la Parra has become a conductor everyone wants to hear, bringing Latin American music to the world’s concert halls. The music is hypnotically intense – a good example being the Mexican great work The Night of the Mayas, which Alondra de la Parra has performed in both Paris and London.
The Russian Composer Prokofiev’ s popular ballet Romeo and Juliet is an unforgettable double portrait of the two youngsters who fall in love, but are not allowed to have each other. In the orchestra suite no. 3 from the ballet music, we follow the tragedy from the first sweet meeting to Juliet’s desperate death.
We also encounter the strength and tragedy of love in Mahler’s orchestral songs Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (“Songs of a Wayfarer”). Mahler wrote the song texts himself, when he was deeply in love as a young man. The soloist is the young tenor Julian Prégardien, who also sings the exotic and charming Five Greek Folk Songs by Ravel.