Mahler’s Symphony No. 4

Piotr Gajewski, conductor

Saturday, January 14, 2023 · 8:00 pm

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Join NatPhil and guest artist soprano Danielle Talamantes for an evening of unique compositions from Argentinian composer Alberto Ginatera, considered one of the most important 20th Century composers of the Americas, and the iconic Gustav Mahler. Talamantes brings a fiery and impassioned interpretation that perfectly complements the intensity of Ginastera’s masterwork, Milena, a dramatic cantata for soprano and orchestra based on the letters of Franz Kafka. The powerful musical arc of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 unfolds like a grand folk tale. A singular musical experience, Mahler has described it as reminding him of his mother’s smile and sounding like “a dewdrop on a flower that suddenly, illuminated by the sun, bursts into a thousand lights and colors,” and later that it “explodes into a wall of sound representing the gates of heaven.”

Why We Love This Concert

  • Hear Milena, a piece that is not performed very often and is unlike the other pieces being performed at NatPhil this season.
  • This piece features a soprano soloist, Danielle Talamantes, who sings love letters from Franz Kafka to his lover, Milena, with Spanish text.
  • Join Maestro in his second Mahler symphony. If you don’t already know, he has a goal of conducting every single on with NatPhil!


Alberto Ginastera, Milena


Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 4
I. Bedächtig; nicht eilen
II. In gemächlicher Bewegung; ohne Hast
III. Ruhevoll
IV. Sehr behaglich

Guest Artists

Danielle Talamantes


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