The Last Century
Mariss Jansons – 1
Mariss Jansons, the Latvian-born maestro who was principal conductor of the Royal Concertgebouworkest from 2004 to 2015, passed away on November 30. Jansons was born in Riga in 1943. He studied violin and conducting in Leningrad and was appointed Yevgeny Mravinsky’s assistant with the Philharmonic Orchestra of that city. His star really started rising when he, from 1979 to 2000, served as principal conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, bringing it great international acclaim. In 2004 he took over the role of principal conductor of the Royal Concertgebouworkest from Riccardo Chailly. In Amsterdam Jansons he was most acclaimed for his interpertations of Mahler, Shostakovich and Richard Strauss. In the coming hour you’ll hear one of these composers (Strauss), but also composers he was less associated with: Anton Webern and Sofia Gubaidulina.
- Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28. Royal Concertgebouworkest led by Mariss Jansons
- Anton Webern: Im Sommerwind. Royal Concertgebouworkest led by Mariss Jansons
- Sofia Gubaidulina: Feast During a Plague. Royal Concertgebouworkest led by Mariss Jansons