Mahler Festival 2021 Amsterdam (May 18-23)

Mahler Festival 2021 Amsterdam (May 18-23)

For the third time in its history the Concertgebouw is organising a major tribute to Gustav Mahler. In 1920 the first ‘Mahler Fest’ took place in Amsterdam, for the occasion of Willem Mengelberg’s 25th anniversary as chief conductor of the Concertgebouw Orchestra. Under his direction, the Concertgebouw Orchestra performed all of Mahler’s symphonies. Alma, the widow of Gustav Mahler, was the guest of honour. Three quarters of a century later, in 1995, the second festival devoted to Mahler took place. The planned third festival in May 2020 had to be replaced by the Mahler Festival Online due to the Corona crisis. As an alternative, the Concertgebouw is organising a new Mahler Festival in 2021: Mahler Festival 2021 Amsterdam
Mahler Festival 2020 online

Mahler Festival 2020 online

Ten new Mahler documentaries

Mahler Foundation and Het Concertgebouw have commissioned ten new documentaries on the occasion of the Mahler Festival 2020 in Amsterdam (from 8 to 17 May 2020). These short films on Mahler’s nine symphonies and Das Lied von der Erde, narrated by Marina Mahler and featuring conversations with such artists as Jessye Norman and Thomas Hampson, bring new insights, stories and points of view. Though the Mahler celebration has been cancelled in the concert hall, we are proud to go online to present these films as originally planned: in succession on each day of the Festival. We hope you will enjoy them and that – now more than ever – they will allow you to experience these musical masterpieces with a new awareness.

Earth Day 2020

Earth Day 2020

Join Mahler Foundation for The Song Of The Earth on Earth Day!

Three Inspiring Films for Earth Day 2020

Gustav Mahler once said: “I want to be remembered as the ‘Singer of Nature,'”, and no work better captures his profound connection to our lives on this planet than this masterpiece.

On Earth Day, April 22, we will be streaming three time-limited special presentations of Das Lied von der Erde (The Song Of The Earth).

Links and password will expire once Earth Day is over.

A beautiful documentary by Jason Starr, “Everywhere and Forever – Mahler’s Song of the Earth” (TV Version)

Das Lied von der Erde with Thomas Hampson, Paul Groves, Neeme Järvi, and the OSR – Orchester de la Suisse Romande

A mini-documentary on “The Titel’s Meaning: Then and Now.”

Presented by Mahler Foundation in collaboration with Cultural Media Collaborative.


Mahler  --  Symphony No. 2 'Auferstehung'

Resurrection Symphony

In August 1892 a cholera epidemic struck Hamburg as Mahler was on his way there to conduct another season at the Stadttheater. Faced with possibly drastic consequences and defying orders that he return to his workplace, he decided to retreat to his summer vacation spot in Berchtesgaden until the worst was over.

Faced with a pandemic affecting all of us, we, too, must act prudently, so it is both understandable and very sad that the Mahler Festival 2020 cannot take place as scheduled this May. Mahler Foundation has worked hard to support Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam in preparing this celebration of Mahler’s life and works.

Our thoughts go out to all of the musicians and organizers and to all of you.

Mahler survived the crisis, and shortly thereafter set to work on his next creation: The Resurrection Symphony.

The Arduous Road to Vienna (1860-1897) by Henry-Louis de La Grange (revised and edited by Sybille Werner)

The Arduous Road to Vienna (1860-1897) by Henry-Louis de La Grange (revised and edited by Sybille Werner)

This long awaited revised volume I completes Henry-Louis de La Grange (1924-2017)‘s four-volumes. The present instalment, covering the years 1860 to 1897, traces the life and career of Mahler from his birth in a small village in Bohemia to his appointment to the Vienna Hofoper, then the most prestigious opera house in the world. It describes his family background, his student days at the Vienna Conservatory, his private life, and his burgeoning career as both conductor and composer.

Some of his major works – starting with Das Klagende Lied (1881), the early Wunderhorn songs, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and the first three symphonies date from this period of his life. Completed, revised and edited by Sybille Werner.

828 p., 58 b/w ill., 210 x 260 mm, 2020
ISBN: 978-2-503-58814-8
Language: English