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Mariss Jansons – His last Concert

LP: Mariss Janons – His last concert © BR-KLASSIK Label

On November 8, 2019, at Carnegie Hall, New York, during a tour with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and only a few weeks before his unexpected death, Mariss Jansons conducted his final concert. On the programme were the four symphonic interludes from Richard Strauss’ opera “Intermezzo” and Johannes Brahms’ Fourth Symphony; the latter’s famous Hungarian Dance No. 5 was played as an encore. The live recording in Carnegie Hall, released here for the first time on CD by BR-KLASSIK, is the great conductor’s musical legacy.

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With the death of Mariss Jansons one year ago, the music world lost one of its greatest artistic personalities. Born the son of conductor Arvῑds Jansons in Riga in 1943, the young Mariss studied at the Leningrad Conservatory before completing his studies with Hans Swarowsky in Vienna and Herbert von Karajan in Salzburg. In 1971 he was a prizewinner at the Karajan Conducting Competition and began his close collaboration with today’s St. Petersburg Philharmonic, initially as the assistant of Yevgeny Mravinsky and later as permanent conductor. From 1979 to 2000, Jansons was Music Director of the Oslo Philharmonic; from 1997 to 2004 he conducted the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; and in the 2003/04 season he became Chief Conductor of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and the Bavarian Radio Chorus. The 2004/05 season marked the start of his tenure at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, which ended in 2015.

As a guest conductor, he worked with all the leading orchestras of Europe and the USA, and his discography includes many award-winning recordings. An honorary member of major music societies, Jansons received numerous awards during his lifetime, including the Hans von Bülow Medal of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art, the prestigious Ernst von Siemens Music Prize, and the Grand Merit Cross with Star of the Federal Republic of Germany.

For the last seventeen years of his life – from 2003 to 2019 – Mariss Jansons was chief conductor of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and the Bavarian Radio Chorus. Both ensembles and their conductor appreciated each other deeply on an artistic as well as a human level, and this resulted in numerous unforgettable concerts. Jansons’ unrelenting demands on himself and his musicians, his always respectful treatment of his colleagues, and his great devotion to music all played a lead role in their work together. Mariss Jansons occupies a place of honour in the orchestra’s history, and its players will always revere and cherish his memory.

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Mariss Jansons
Chief Conductor of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and the Bavarian Radio Chorus from 2003 to 2019

1 CD highprice
Product Number: 900192
Total Time: 72’20 min.

  • Live recording of the symphonic interludes from Strauss’ “Intermezzo” and Brahms’ Fourth Symphony, performed on November 8, 2019
  • Documenting the last concert by Mariss Jansons – with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in Carnegie Hall
  • HIS LAST CONCERT – The musical legacy of a great conductor