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Herbert Blomstedt conducts the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra

Youth and experience combine as 92-year-old Herbert Blomstedt conducts the GMYO in Strauss's Death and Transfiguration, Mahler's Rückert songs and Beethoven's 'Eroica' Symphony.

In the final episode in the series of season highlights from around Europe, Georgian Mann presents a concert where youth and experience meet as the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, whose players must be from 16 - 26 years old, is conducted by Herbert Blomstedt who celebrated his 92nd birthday in July. Founded in 1986 by Claudio Abbado, the GMYO's mission was to include players from non-EU European countries to create a truly pan-European youth orchestra. From its inception the orchestra has had a formidable reputation, collaborating with the world's foremost musicians, as here in this concert recorded at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in August.

Strauss: Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration), op. 24
Mahler: Rückert-Lieder, op. 44

8.15pm Interval music (from CD)
Schubert: Piano Sonata in A major D.664
Radu Lupu, piano

Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E flat, op. 55 ('Eroica')

Christian Gerhaher (baritone)
Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra
Herbert Blomstedt (conductor)

Following the concert is our final feature looking at this year's Adopt-a-composer scheme from Making Music. Tonight we go behind the scenes with members of Ex Urbe choir and composer Chloe Knibbs to explore and hear extended highlights of her piece 'Clara' for choir and harp.

Photo © J.M. Pietsch

2 hours, 28 minutes

Music Played

  • Tanya Tagaq


    Performer: Tanya Tagaq.
    • Six Shooter Records.
  • Richard Strauss

    Tod Und Verklarung Op.24

    Orchestra: Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt.
  • Gustav Mahler

    5 Ruckert-Lieder Vers. For Voice And Orch

    Orchestra: Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt. Singer: Christian Gerhaher.
  • Gustav Mahler


    Singer: Christian Gerhaher. Orchestra: Gustav Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt.
  • Franz Schubert

    Sonata In A Major D.664 For Piano

    Performer: Radu Lupu.
    • Schubert: Sonata in B Flat.
    • Decca.
    • 1.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No. 3 In E Flat Major Op.55 (Eroica)

    Orchestra: Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt.
  • Chloe Knibbs


    Performer: Angelina Warburton. Choir: Ex Urbe. Director: Benjamin Hamilton.
  • Dobrinka Tabakova

    Concerto For Cello And Strings

    Performer: Kristina Blaumane. Performer: Maxim Rysanov. Orchestra: Lietuvos kamerinis orkestras.
    • ECM: 2239.
    • ECM.
    • 3.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    March from Fidelio

    Music Arranger: Wenzel Sedlak. Ensemble: Consortium Classicum.


  • Fri 10 Jan 2020 19:30

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