I am so looking forward to performing the beautiful soprano solo in Mahler’s 4th Symphony. I have been invited to sing it with the Sibiu Philharmonic in Romania, with the wonderful conductor-composer, Marijn Simons, in the beautiful Sala Thalia. More news and photos to follow.
The Symphony No. 4 in G major by Gustav Mahler was written in 1899 and 1900, though it incorporates a song originally written in 1892. The song, “Das himmlische Leben”, presents a child’s vision of Heaven. It is sung by the soprano in the work’s fourth and last movement. In the score, Mahler specifies that the text “be sung with childlike, cheerful expression; entirely without parody!” It is utterly charming.