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Donor Rehearsal: Klaus Mäkelä Conducts Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique

Dec 08

Plaintive solo lines, brass fanfares, and an Odessa street song come together in Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 2, played by Truls Mørk. The young conductor Klaus Mäkelä leads the Orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, Pathétique, a work of profound emotion that was premiered only nine days before the composer’s death. Jimmy López’s Perú negro draws on Afro-Peruvian influences as it builds to a frenzied conclusion. 

Donor Rehearsal: Klaus Mäkelä Conducts Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique
 
DATE / TIME

Thu

9:45 AM

8

Dec

2022

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Location

Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall

Duration

2 Hours 30 Minutes

Program

Jimmy López Bellido

Perú negro

Shostakovich

Cello Concerto No. 2

Tchaikovsky

Symphony No. 6, Pathétique

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Artists

  • Klaus Mäkelä

    Conductor

    Klaus Mäkelä is chief conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, music director of Orchestre de Paris, and, beginning this fall, artistic partner of Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Orchestra. An exclusive Decca Classics Artist, he has recorded the complete cycle of Sibelius’s symphonies with the Oslo Philharmonic as his first project for the label.

    Mäkelä’s third season as chief conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic features 11 contrasting programs, with repertoire ranging from Jean Baptiste Lully and Pietro Locatelli, Berg and Mahler, to Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Julia Perry. In the autumn of 2022, Mäkelä and the Oslo Philharmonic embark on their second European tour, with performances in Germany, Belgium, and Austria with Sol Gabetta as soloist.

    For his second season as music director of the Orchestre de Paris, Mäkelä has chosen to spotlight composers Pascal Dusapin, Betsy Jolas, Jimmy López Bellido, Magnus Lindberg, and Kaija Saariaho, the latter featured through three different works. There is also a focus on the Ballets Russes that includes two key Diaghilev scores: Stravinsky’s The Firebird and The Rite of Spring. In the spring Mäkelä and the Orchestre de Paris tour throughout Europe with Janine Jansen as soloist.

    Mäkelä embarks on a long-term collaboration with Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Orchestra, whom he will join as its next chief conductor in 2027. For this season, the first in which he serves as artistic partner, they perform six programs, including Mahler’s Symphony No. 6, the Mozart Requiem, and Richard Strauss’s Alpine Symphony, as well as premieres by López Bellido, Sauli Zinovjev, Alexander Raskatov, and Sally Beamish. On tour they performed the opening concert of the Musikfest Berlin and at the Koln Philharmonie.

    His 2022–23 season guest conducting engagements include debuts with the Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony, in addition to the New York Philharmonic, and returns to the US to conduct The Cleveland Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

    Klaus Mäkelä studied conducting at the Sibelius Academy with Jorma Panula and cello with Marko Ylönen, Timo Hanhinen, and Hannu Kiiski. He has performed as soloist with several Finnish orchestras and as a chamber musician at the Verbier Festival, as well as with members of the Oslo Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.

     

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  • Truls Mørk

    Cello

    Truls Mørk’s compelling performances — which combine fierce intensity, integrity, and grace — have established him as one of the preeminent cellists of our time. He performs with the most distinguished orchestras, including the Orchestre de Paris, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Philharmonia and London Philharmonic Orchestras, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. In North America he has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has collaborated with distinguished conductors such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, David Zinman, Manfred Honeck, Gustavo Dudamel, Simon Rattle, Kent Nagano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Christoph Eschenbach.


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