Neil Wallace . Asko I Schönberg olv. Reinbert de Leeuw
Das Lied van der Erde (bew. Reinbert de Leeuw) Gustav Mahler
music performance Asko I Schönberg
musical director Reinbert de Leeuw
directed by Neil Wallace
text Hans Bethge
mezzo-soprano Birgit Remmert
tenor Yves Saelens
film Tessa Joosse
movement coach Sanne van der Put
lighting Uri Rapaport
stage design Uri Rapaport
coproduction Operadagen Rotterdam , De Doelen
in collaboration with deSingel , Klarafestival
Red Hall talk Lucrèce Maeckelbergh and Neil Wallace . 7.15pm . Blue Bar
1907 was an unfortunate year for Mahler: his daughter died and he was for the first time confronted with the heart disease which caused his death four years later. This suffering is intensely felt and heard in 'Das Lied von der Erde', both in Mahler's score and in his chosen poets. Reinbert de Leeuw made an adaptation of this masterpiece for an ensemble. Neil Wallace directed this adaptation in 2011 for the Rotterdam Operadagen. It was one of the highlights of the festival.

The sober directing, film and stage setting render the melancholy of the work visible in a contemporary way. A large video wall, several chairs, period costumes and a pile of dirt. This is all Mahler's slow and deep melancholy requires. Indeed, it makes the music all the more compelling. The audience sits close to the orchestra and a few metres from the singers. Every detail, every inflection, every sound of cello, harp and oboe can be enjoyed in all its beauty. This is musical theatre of the sort we like to offer you: powerful, and evoking the maximum experience with a minimum of means.
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jos vp Oprecht blij dat ik Birigit Remmert life heb kunnen horen zingen. Puike uitvoering van de zangers en het orkest. De versie van das Lied von der Erde die werd uitgevoerd was me echter iets te vrolijk. De sobere, meer dramatische versie van Das lied von der Erde die ik thuis op CD heb, ook gezongen door Birgit Remmert, ligt me meer. Het beeldend werk had voor mij helaas geen meerwaarde.
3 years ago
Elisabeth Haustraete Zeer mooie voorstelling en vooral muzikale beleving. Door de visuele voorstelling kon de muziek losgekoppeld worden van de romantische inhoud en meer abstract werken. Een sterk pluspunt voor mij.
3 years ago
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Il Grand'Inquisitor 9 september 2012

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