Claude Debussy, La mer (The Sea), three symphonic sketches for orchestra, L 109
Maurice Ravel, La Valse, a choreographic poem for orchestra
Igor Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring, pictures from pagan Russia in two parts
Winner of the prestigious 2007 European Cultural Foundation Award and a pan-European talent pool, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester is probably the most important heritage of a visionary artist, the great conductor Claudio Abbado. GMJO is an idealistic project that ensures the future of Europe's cultural heritage by investing into the next generation.
The orchestra’s talented musicians absorb the knowledge of some of the most distinguished musical names, including Myung-Whun Chung – who, alongside Abbado and Muti, is part of the elite trio of two-time winners of the Premio Abbiati for Best Conductor (1988, 2015).
Underscored by French composers, the evening’s programme gives prominence to the stylistic break between legendary composers whose music pays homage to the past whilst staying oriented towards the future.
Technically at the top of the game and motivated from ponytail to pinky; ability and willingness in ready harmony at a level and consistency that cannot be expected from all but a handful of top-notch orchestras.
Jens F. Laurson, 2017
Chung’s podium demeanour eschews all flamboyance. His attire is tidy, his movements are neat, clear and unexaggerated.
David Karlin, 2020