Outstanding conductor Zubin Meta will perform in St. Petersburg KXan 36 Daily News


On January 30, the world-famous conductor Zubin Meta will perform in the Great Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic with the Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. His program includes Mahler’s Third Symphony.

The rich creative biography of the conductor includes New Year’s concerts at the Musikverein, and a live broadcast of Tosca with Domingo in 1992 in a hundred cities around the world, and the famous concert of the three tenors in Rome in 1990.

The 85-year-old maestro is full of energy and told RG before the St. Petersburg concert about how vital uplifting music is today.

You will be conducting Mahler’s longest 1.5-hour Symphony No. 3. Why was she chosen?

Zubin Meta: Mahler’s Third Symphony is my favorite. I recently performed it in Berlin, and have referred to it from time to time for thirty-five years. In it, Mahler poured out his whole soul and heart, especially in the final part. But when he finished composing it, none of the conductors dared to touch it. Only Arthur Nikisch dared to conduct one part in Berlin. At the time of its composition, Mahler worked at the Hamburg Opera, it was not the easiest period in his life, the director did not give him rehearsals. But in the summer, Gustav went to Austria, to Tyrol, where he completed the symphony in his small hut. The composer was unlucky for a long time in order for this symphony to find its way to the listener, but he told everyone that “my time will come”, and, believe me, his time has come.

This symphony is a philosophical treatise on nature, each of its parts is dedicated to some element of the universe: flowers, animals, angels, Man himself. This is extremely positive music. I hear in it an incredible exaltation, delight, the triumph of the Spirit. I confess that after Beethoven’s Ninth I do not know of such uplifting compositions in symphonic music.

During your previous visits to St. Petersburg, you performed with your own orchestras, and now for the first time in many years you will interact with Russian musicians. How do you remember them from previous years?

Zubin Meta: I first visited Leningrad in 1962 with the Montreal Orchestra, and I will never forget this visit to the Soviet Union. It was also politically important. We performed then in Moscow, and then went to Kiev. Our musicians were happy, the audience received us with some exceptional warmth. Everyone was impressed then by the phenomenal, amazing acoustics of the Great Philharmonic Hall, so I can’t wait to be with you again as soon as possible.

I also remember my arrival in Leningrad in 1964, when I had the great pleasure of being in front of the legendary orchestra of the Leningrad Philharmonic. I conducted Richard Strauss’ Don Quixote, Brahms’ First Symphony, Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe in two programs. It was originally planned that my great friend Mstislav Rostropovich would be the soloist in the Strauss poem, but when I arrived, it turned out that his participation in the concert was canceled and Slava was replaced by another cellist – Anatoly Nikitin, who made a very good impression on me.

Mahler’s Third Symphony is a philosophical treatise on nature, each of its parts is devoted to some element of the universe

For the rest of my life, I also remembered that maestro Evgeny Mravinsky was very kind to me, came to rehearsals and concerts, gave a lot of invaluable advice, which I accepted as a young novice conductor.

Most recently, you performed Strauss’s Die Fledermaus in Florence. Operetta is needed today almost more than medicine, how is medicine for the soul?

Zubin Meta: Yes, you are absolutely right, the operetta brings light and joy, uplifts the mood and vitality. After all, as a professional, I grew up in Vienna – and this is the whole answer to the question of my love for the genre. “Die Fledermaus” was a very important part of my life, as was the music of Johann Strauss. In the Opera House of Florence I produced this operetta for the first time with a very good cast of singers and an Austrian director. The audience, more than a thousand listeners, raged, judging by the crazy applause. Yes, today we need such music more than ever.

Throughout your long career, you have not, in fact, left opera with your attention for a single season. How do you manage to maintain such a wise balance?

Zubin Meta: It is true that I have been doing opera throughout my career and I do it consciously, trying to keep both genres in the orbit of attention: opera and symphony concerts go hand in hand in my career. In Florence I staged Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen twice, as well as in Chicago. In Florence, we staged a series of Mozart’s operas – Da Ponte with the outstanding director Jonathan Miller. At the Berlin Staatsoper I conducted the operas by Richard Strauss “Woman Without a Shadow”, “Der Rosenkavalier”, this composer is close to me. Next year I’m going to release “Salome” at La Scala.

Which music takes more energy – opera or symphony?

Zubin Meta: And I don’t get tired at all during performances and concerts, I just recharge. Unfortunately, after hip surgery, I have to sit instead of standing at the console, but I still don’t get tired.

In your rich biography there was another super positive project – the legendary concert of three tenors: Domingo, Pavarotti and Carreras. Do you remember how you got into that project?

Zubin Meta: Italian manager Mario Dradi came up with the idea. These three tenors were also football fans. We were preparing this concert the night before the World Cup final in Rome, so everyone was very enthusiastic about it. It was a good time. We did not expect that there would be such a huge interest that 16 million copies of the recording of this concert would be sold.

And today it is possible to repeat their success, to collect new three mega-star tenors?

Zubin Meta: And why not, if three great artists meet who dream of making music together? There are many good singers in the world today. At that time, our main goal was to come up with such a concert in order to support Jose Carreras, who was diagnosed with a terrible diagnosis, which, fortunately, he managed to overcome. We wanted him to return to the stage. The funny thing is that we were not paid then either for the performance or for the recordings. It wasn’t until a few years later, when we repeated it in Los Angeles, that we were finally paid off.

Help “RG”

Zubin Meta was born in Bombay to an aristocratic Indian Parsi family. Meli Meta’s father is a famous violinist and conductor, founder of the Bombay Symphony Orchestra. Studied at the Vienna Academy of Music. In 1960-1967. led the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, in 1962-1978. – Los Angeles Philharmonic, in 1978-1991. – New York Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1977 he was appointed musical director of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1998-2006 head of the Bavarian State Opera.

He went down in history by participating in megaprojects, including a concert of three tenors in Rome, a production of Puccini’s Turandot in the Forbidden City in Beijing, a real-time broadcast of Puccini’s Tosca from Rome to a hundred cities around the world, and a performance of Mahler’s Second Symphony near Buchenwald.


Source: Российская Газета by rg.ru.

*The article has been translated based on the content of Российская Газета by rg.ru. If there is any problem regarding the content, copyright, please leave a report below the article. We will try to process as quickly as possible to protect the rights of the author. Thank you very much!

*We just want readers to access information more quickly and easily with other multilingual content, instead of information only available in a certain language.

*We always respect the copyright of the content of the author and always include the original link of the source article.If the author disagrees, just leave the report below the article, the article will be edited or deleted at the request of the author. Thanks very much! Best regards!