Kristjan Järvi conducts Milhaud, Mahler and R. Strauss – With Stephan Genz
The German baritone Stephan Genz is known for his Lieder performances. He has received lessons from Hans Joachim Beyer, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, and is laureate of many international competitions, partly thanks to his Brahms and Hugo Wolf recitals. In 1999, he was awarded the very prestigious Gramophone Award in London.
La Création du Monde, Darius Milhaud's work written for a one-act ballet, was inspired by Blaise Cendrars's Anthologie nègre. It was composed for a small orchestra of seventeen instruments, with a solo part for saxophone.
Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen will also be performed. Its topic is one of the favorites of the German repertoire: a disappointed and doomed hero, travelling with no purpose, trying to ease his suffering. Divertimento for small orchestra by Richard Strauss will also be played; the composer would have turned 150 this year.