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18 December 2023 @ 20:00

Gustav Mahler

Symphony 10: Adagio

and works inspired by Mahler's Tenth by leading composers of our time:

Philippe Manoury, Mark Andre, Jay Schwartz and Alexey Retinsky

Fragmentary and yet perfect: The achingly beautiful Adagio from Gustav Mahler's 10th Symphony, its only half-completed movement, is at once a legacy of late Romantic composing and a doorway to modernism. Repeated attempts have been made to reconstruct the Tenth on the basis of Gustav Mahler's numerous sketches and drafts. Teodor Currentzis and the SWR Symphony Orchestra are now going their own way. Currentzis has invited four composers - the Frenchmen Philippe Manoury and Mark Andre, the American Jay Schwartz, and the Ukrainian Alexei Retinski - to individually explore Mahler's modernity with their different tonal languages. Mahler for the 21st century!


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Philippe Manoury (1952-)

Mark Andre (1964-)
Four echographies

Jay Schwartz (1965-)
Theta - music for orchestra

Alexey Retinsky (1986-)
New work for orchestra

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
Adagio from Symphony No. 10 (fragment)


SWR Symphony Orchestra
Teodor Currentzis, Conductor



SWR Symphony Orchestra

The SWR Symphony Orchestra has its artistic home in the Liederhalle Stuttgart and the Konzerthaus Freiburg. Formed in September 2016 from the merger of the SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart and the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg, its artistic profile includes interpretive approaches from historically informed performance practice, the core classical-romantic repertoire, and contemporary music in equal measure. Teodor Currentzis has been at the helm of the SWR Symphony Orchestra as principal conductor since the 2018/2019 season, and François-Xavier Roth will take over this position for the 2025/2026 season.

Among the annual fixtures in the SWR Symphony Orchestra's concert calendar are SWR's own concert series in Stuttgart, Freiburg and Mannheim, as well as appearances at the Donaueschingen Music Festival and the Schwetzingen SWR Festival. Since 2020, the SWR Symphony Orchestra has been the orchestra in residence at the Baden-Baden Whitsun Festival. Invitations take the orchestra regularly to the Salzburg Festival, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Dortmund, Essen, Vienna, Edinburgh, London, Barcelona, Madrid and Warsaw.

Internationally sought-after conductors such as Herbert Blomstedt, Peter Eötvös, Christoph Eschenbach, Sir Roger Norrington, Jakub Hrůša, Eliahu Inbal, Ingo Metzmacher, Kent Nagano, Michael Sanderling, Pablo Heras-Casado, Jonathan Nott, Dima Slobodeniouk and David Zinman have worked with the SWR Symphony Orchestra. Among the top-class soloists are Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Antoine Tamestit, Gil Shaham, Nicolas Altstaedt, Vadym Kholodenko and Martin Grubinger as Artists in Residence, as well as many other renowned guests, including Hilary Hahn, Sabine Meyer, Julia Fischer, Yulianna Avdeeva, Renaud Capuçon, Anna Vinnitskaya, Janine Jansen, Mischa Maisky, Vilde Frang and Fazil Say.

With its extensive music education program, the SWR Symphony Orchestra reaches some 15,000 children, young people and adults in the SWR broadcast area every year. Numerous live broadcasts and concert recordings for SWR2 and the web portal enable many music lovers around the world to participate in the concerts of the SWR Symphony Orchestra.


Teodor Currentzis


Teodor Currentzis is principal conductor of the SWR Symphony Orchestra, founder and artistic director of the orchestra and choir musicAeterna. For the Greek-born Currentzis, Russia became his adopted home since the early 1990s, when he began his conducting studies at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory with Ilya Musin. From 2004 to 2010, Currentzis was chief conductor of the Novosibirsk Opera House and Ballet; from 2011 to 2019, he served as artistic director of the Perm Opera and Ballet. Since 2012, Teodor Currentzis has curated the Diaghilev Festival in Perm.

As principal conductor of the SWR Symphony Orchestra, Teodor Currentzis focuses primarily on the symphonic œuvre of Gustav Mahler and Russian symphonic music, but also frequently on contemporary compositions, including works by Lachenmann, Schnittke, Crumb, Scelsi, Zender, Kourliandski and Nikodijevic.

With the SWR Symphony Orchestra and musicAeterna, Teodor Currentzis regularly embarks on extensive guest tours with concerts at the Berlin Philharmonie, the Philharmonie de Paris, the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden, La Scala in Milan or the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid. He is also a welcome guest at the Salzburg Festival, the Ruhrtriennale, the Lucerne Festival, the Klara Festival in Brussels and the Festival in Aix-en-Provence.

Teodor Currentzis also collaborates with the most famous theater directors, including Robert Wilson, Romeo Castellucci and Peter Sellars. Many of his CDs released by Sony Classical have won international awards. The web portal features numerous concert recordings made by Teodor Currentzis together with the SWR Symphony Orchestra. In addition to symphonies by Mahler, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich, the site also features high-quality studio productions made under pandemic conditions, such as Hans Zender's "Schubert's Winterreise" and Gustav Mahler's "Lied von der Erde.




December 18, 2023
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Philharmonie Berlin - Great Hall
Philharmonie Berlin, Great Hall
Berlin, Germany

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