Utah Symphony to Launch Season With Performance of Mahler's SYMPHONY NO. 1, 9/12-13
The Utah Symphony returns to Abravanel Hall on Sept. 12 & 13 to launch the 2014-15 season with Music Director Thierry Fischer leading the orchestra in Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1 "Titan" along with works by Beethoven and Mosolov.
Mahler Symphony No. 1 will be recorded live for later release as part of the organization's 75th anniversary celebrations. This marks the first recording for Maestro Fischer with the Utah Symphony.
"I'm extremely honored to embark upon my first recording with the musicians of the Utah Symphony," said Maestro Fischer. "Recording live is always a motivating adventure. With the Soundmirror classical recording experts and the great acoustics of Abravanel Hall, we all feel ready for this challenge."
Of particular significance in the Utah Symphony's concerts and recording of Mahler's Symphony No. 1 is the inclusion of Blumine, the second movement that was discarded by Mahler after the first three performances. As with many of his compositions, Mahler continued to revise his Symphony No. 1 for years after its premiere. He completed the final performing edition in 1906.
This will not be the first time Mahler's Symphony No. 1 has been recorded by Utah Symphony; however, it will mark the first Mahler recording made in Abravanel Hall. Former Utah Symphony Music Director Maurice Abravanel, who led the orchestra for more than 30 years, was responsible for recording Mahler's complete symphonies along with the first-ever recordings of Mahler's seventh and eighth symphonies. Abravanel's recording of Mahler Symphony No. 1 with the Utah Symphony was released in 1974 on the Vanguard label.
The Masterworks season opening weekend concerts mark Maestro Fischer's commencement of a two-season project conducting the Mahler symphony cycle as a tribute to Abravanel's legacy. The 2014-15 season will include Symphony Nos. 1 -- 4 over four concerts in the Masterworks Series. The full, two-year Mahler symphony cycle is generously sponsored by Kem and Carolyn Gardner in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Utah Symphony, the legacy of Maestro Abravanel, and the vision of Maestro Fischer.
"We are dedicated to investing in the expansion of what Maurice Abravanel established," said Mr. Gardner, who sits on the board of Utah Symphony | Utah Opera and, with Mrs. Gardner, is a co-chair of its Campaign for Perpetual Motion. "We are also investing in the expansion of what leaders in our community established when they created this beautiful hall. Today, we all have a responsibility to continue this legacy -- but more than a shared responsibility, it's also a great shared joy."
Since Maestro Fischer's appointment as music director, he has also initiated multi-season surveys of the works of composers Igor Stravinsky and Franz Joseph Haydn. The performances continue this season with Stravinsky's Symphonies of Wind Instruments and The Rake's Progress with Utah Opera as well as Haydn's Symphony No. 5.