Susanna Mälkki © Chris Lee
Susanna Mälkki © Chris Lee
Staatskapelle Berlin | Susanna Mälkki | Wiebke Lehmkuhl | Eric Cutler


Gustav Mahler (1860–1911)
Symphonic movement Blumine
Das Lied von der Erde

This concert has no intermission.

Patrons' Concert of the Lucerne Festival Friends


Gustav Mahler’s world collapsed in 1907. In June, he was forced to resign as general director of the Vienna Court Opera following an anti-Semitic smear campaign, on 12 July his five-year-old daughter Maria died, and five days later he himself was diagnosed with an incurable heart condition. After these three strokes of fate, he had to “learn to stand and walk again like a beginner,” as he confessed to conductor Bruno Walter. Mahler found solace in a volume of ancient Chinese poetry, which revolves around themes of love and beauty, nature, and transience. He selected six of the poems, set them to music, and published them as Das Lied von der Erde (“The Song of the Earth”): a symphony for alto, tenor, and orchestra, which marks the beginning of his late style featuring at times chamber music-like instrumentation and a tendency towards spirituality. Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki will perform this moving piece in her debut with the Staatskapelle Berlin. She has also chosen to place the early symphonic movement Blumine, which Mahler originally composed for his First Symphony, at the beginning of the concert. An evening that promises to get under your skin.

Event Venue

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern
Europaplatz 1
CH-6005 Luzern

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    The KKL Luzern is located right next to Lucerne railway station. On account of the traffic and parking situation, it is recommended during Festival season that visitors use public transportation. 

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    In the KKL Luzern
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    In Lucerne
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