Das himmlische Leben (1 piano 4 hands + song)
After the gigantic Second and Third Symphonies, the Fourth Symphony by Gustav Mahler looks rather modest and simple in its structure and form, and therefore suits perfectly for the piano reduction for 4 hands realized by Josef W÷ss. It is nonetheless a complex work, searching its own way towards the lost paradise, that seems to be found back in the last movement which is a Lied (Das himmlische Leben) based on Das Knaben Wunderhorn. For the occasion, the Mahler Piano Duo is joined by the soprano Jolien De Gendt. The program is completed by the song cycle Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and a couple of songs by Richard Strauss.
Richard Strauss, Songs
Gustav Mahler, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Gustav Mahler, Fourth Symphony in G major