Mahler Festival 2021 in Leipzig

13-24 May 2021

From 13 to 24 May 2021 the Gewandhausorchester will host a Mahler Festival in Leipzig, the city that was home to the composer for two decisive years of his life: a unique opportunity to hear the complete symphonies and other orchestral works interpreted by 10 world class orchestras in only 12 days, in the city in which Mahler became a true symphonic composer.

The symphonic canon of Gustav Mahler forms the foundation of the Mahler Festival 2021 (13-24 May 2021), since it was in Leipzig that Mahler became the musician we know him as today: a composer of enthralling symphonies. Leipzig and the Gewandhausorchester offer a particularly authentic setting for the Festival: Mahler spent two years in the city, conducting the Gewandhausorchester almost daily.

»Das Gewandhausorchester«

Group Sales

Claudia Zahedi & Anja Wedwitschka

Phone+49 341 1270 449
Fax+49 341 1270 222
Mailgrosskunden@gewandhaus.de

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig
Augusutsplatz 8
04109 Leipzig

Press

Dirk Steiner
Head of press & communications

Phone+49 341 1270 316
Fax+49 341 1270 408
Maildirk.steiner@gewandhaus.de

Gewandhaus zu Leipzig
Augusutsplatz 8
04109 Leipzig

10 world class orchestras in only 12 days

The extensive programme of the Festival, including thematic tours of the city and lied recitals, will be presented to the public and press on 13 May 2019 by Gewandhauskapellmeister Andris Nelsons and Gewandhaus General Director Andreas Schulz.

Advance ticketing starts on 13 May 2019.

13. May 2021

Gewandhausorchester, Andris Nelsons

Ying Fang Soprano
Bernarda Fink Alto
MDR Radio Choir

2nd Symphony, C minor (Resurrection)

14. May 2021

Gewandhausorchester, Andris Nelsons

Ying Fang Soprano
Bernarda Fink Alto
MDR Radio Choir

2nd Symphony, C minor (Resurrection)

15. May 2021

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Fabio Luisi

Peter Mattei Baritone

Kindertotenlieder
5th Symphony, C sharp minor

16. May 2021

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle

6th Symphony, A minor (Tagic)

16. May 2021

Berlin Philharmonic, Kirill Petrenko

9th Symphony, D major

17. May 2021

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Mariss Jansons

Gerhild Romberger Alto
Women’s Choir of the Bavarian Radio
Augsburger Domsingknaben


3rd Symphony, D minor

18. May 2021

Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, Daniele Gatti

10th Symphony (Version by Deryck Cooke)

19. May 2021

Munich Philharmonic, Valery Gergiev

Anna Lucia Richter Soprano
Andreas Schager Tenor

Das Lied von der Erde
4th Symphony, G major

20. May 2021

Wiener Philharmoniker, Daniel Harding

Thomas Hampson, baritone

Rückert-Lieder
1st Symphony, D major

21. May 2021

Gewandhausorchester, Andris Nelsons

Erin Wall Soprano (Magna Peccatrix)
Jacquelyn Wagner Soprano (Una poenitentium)
Ying Fang Soprano (Mater gloriosa)
Lioba Braun Mezzosopran (Mulier Samaritana)
Bernarda Fink Mezzosoprano (Maria Aegyptiaca)
Pavel Černoch Tenor (Doctor Marianus)
Adrian Eröd Baritone (Pater ecstaticus)
MDR Radio Choir
GewandhausChor
Gewandhaus Children’s Choir

8th Symphony, E flat major (Symphony of a Thousand)

22. May 2021

Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Sir Antonio Pappano

7th Symphony, E minor

23. May 2021

MDR Symphony Orchestra, Markus Stenz

Chen Reiss Soprano
Sophie Harmsen Alto
Attilio Glaser Tenor
Michael Volle Baritone
MDR Radio Choir

Todtenfeier
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Das klagende Lied (revised version 1898 in two movements)

23. May 2021

Gewandhausorchester, Andris Nelsons

Erin Wall Soprano (Magna Peccatrix)
Jacquelyn Wagner Soprano (Una poenitentium)
Ying Fang Soprano (Mater gloriosa)
Lioba Braun Mezzosopran (Mulier Samaritana)
Bernarda Fink Mezzosoprano (Maria Aegyptiaca)
Pavel Černoch Tenor (Doctor Marianus)
Adrian Eröd Baritone (Pater ecstaticus)
MDR Radio Choir
GewandhausChor
Gewandhaus Children’s Choir

8th Symphony, E flat major (Symphony of a Thousand)

24. May 2021

Gewandhausorchester, Andris Nelsons

Erin Wall Soprano (Magna Peccatrix)
Jacquelyn Wagner Soprano (Una poenitentium)
Ying Fang Soprano (Mater gloriosa)
Lioba Braun Mezzosopran (Mulier Samaritana)
Bernarda Fink Mezzosoprano (Maria Aegyptiaca)
Pavel Černoch Tenor (Doctor Marianus)
Adrian Eröd Baritone (Pater ecstaticus)
MDR Radio Choir
GewandhausChor
Gewandhaus Children’s Choir

8th Symphony, E flat major (Symphony of a Thousand)

Leipzig - the city in which Mahler became Mahler

Thanks to the commitment of Gewandhauskapellmeister Arthur Nikisch, the Gewandhausorchester devoted itself increasingly to Mahler's symphonic oeuvre towards the end of the 19th century. During Riccardo Chailly's tenure, Leipzig's significance in Mahler's development as a composer became ingrained in the consciousness of the international music world, and the reputation of the Gewandhausorchester cemented as one of the world's leading Mahler orchestras.

Gustav Mahler's two-year tenure as Second Kapellmeister (conductor) at Leipzig's opera house (1886-1888) was his first appointment in a major musical metropolis. Here he was to conduct almost 200 opera performances with the Gewandhausorchester, allowing him the opportunity to engage intensively with the sonic dimensions afforded by one of the world's elite orchestras.

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