• Foto: Wolf-Dieter Gericke

Monday 01. May. 2017, 8.00 pm - 10.00 pm | Elbphilharmonie, Großer Saal


Gustav Mahler

Mahler 8

Introduction at 7.00 pm

“No Mahler work is so filled with the spirit of fiery yea-saying as this one.” Thus the conductor Bruno Walter on a symphony which can almost not be called by that label – rather, it is a symphonic cantata, a celebration of love resembling an oratorio, overflowing with a multitude of voices. There is no irony, no tragic idea to be discharged, no trace of ambiguity of thought. The first movement is based on the early Christian hymn for Pentecost “Veni creator spiritus”, the second movement on the final scene of Goethe’s “Faust”: both offer occasions to sing emphatically against the small-minded idea that human suffering is an anthropological constant. Pentecost establishes the Holy Spirit as a power that stills the hunger for meaning; the “eternal feminine” lifts Faust out of a rotten wager with the devil and saves him. Saying yes to life means saying yes to responsibility.

Unterstützt durch die Stiftung zur Förderung der Hamburgischen Staatsoper
A co-production of the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra, the Hamburg State Opera and the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg


Ort: Elbphilharmonie, Großer Saal, Platz der Deutschen Einheit 4, 20457 Hamburg
Preise: 14,00 EUR bis 83,00 EUR

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