Maestro Eliahu Inbal was back at the Philharmonie de Paris with the OPRF, accompanied this time by singers Dietrich Henschel and Ekaterina Gubanova.
The concert began with 10 lieder from Gustav Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn. Contrary to Mahler’s other main vocal works, they do not form a cycle but are a collection performers can choose from.
Particularly remarkable, often for their tragic beauty, Das Irdische Leben sung by the Russian mezzo, and the poignant Der Tamboursg’sell, inhabited by the German baritone, which I was happy to see again after (too) long a break, but also Rheinelegendchen, Wo die schönen Trompetten blasen and Revelge.
After the intermission, Inbal and the OPRF gave a superb version of Anton Bruckner’s 4th Symphony. Certain parts of the Andante quasi allegretto were in a way opening the path to Mahler’s music!