Instrumentation

  • Tonkunstler Orchestra Niederösterreich, orchestra
  • Elisabeth Kulman, mezzosoprano
  • Christian Elsner, tenor
  • David Afkham, conductor

Programme

Franz Schubert:
Symphony No. 7 in b minor D 759 «Unfinished»

- Interval -

Gustav Mahler:
«Das Lied von der Erde» Symphony for Tenor, Alto (or Baritone) and Orchestra

Introduction/abstract

Tonkunstler Orchestra · Elisabeth Kulman · Christian Elsner · David Afkham

Schubert, Mahler

An expression of life: Music is always an expression of existing conditions – and of the hope for a better world. When Gustav Mahler composed his «Lied von der Erde», his daughter had just died, he had lost his position in Vienna and he had been diagnosed with a heart condition. The result: a poignant, symphonic song cycle. The performance at the Wolkenturm features the sublime voices of Elisabeth Kulman and Christian Elsner while to open the concert, David Afkham conducts Schubert’s «Unfinished» – still a mystical work today.

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