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Mahler. Das Lied Von Der Erde & Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen


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Mahler, Gustav
2 Song Cycles with orchestra
Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen & das lied von der erde (Mahler)
Barend N Vd Westhuizen (baritone)
Teresa de Wit (mezzo) & Albertus Engelbrecht (tenor)

Saturday 16 June 19:00
Sunday 17 June 15:00


Barend N Vd Westhuizen (baritone)
Teresa de Wit (mezzo) & Albertus Engelbrecht (tenor)

Gustav Mahler
Arranged by Arnold Schönberg (Schoenberg) for 16 instrumentalists.

Conductor: Jaco Van Staden
Concert Master - Zanta Hofmeyr

Flute Laetitia de Lange
Oboe Johan Ferreira
Clarinet Lizet Smit
Horn Frik Le Roux
Bassoon Esther Watkinson
Violin 1 Zanta Hofmeyr
Violin 2 Carmi Viljoen
Viola Ken Craig
Cello Toni Ivanov
Double Bass Jurgens de Lange
Piano Laetitia Orlandi
Celesta Paul Ferreira
Harmonium Isabelle Van Rensburg

Percussion Loandi Richter
Bradley Lithgow

Ticket sales:
Sat. 16 Jun. 19:00, Sun. 17 Jun. 15:00

Block A (Adult) - R320
Block A (Senior/Student) - R270
Block B (Adult) - R270
Block B (Senior/Student) - R220
Block C - R220


Brooklyn Theatre (012 460 6033)
Greenlyn Village Centre
C/o Thomas Edison and 13th Streets
Menlo Park

Writing works for huge orchestras was a trademark of late 19th century romantic composers. Various factors in the early 20th century, such as wars, contributed to the situation where large orchestras were no longer financially viable.

Monumental works by Mahler are still a luxury to experience, even today, especially in 3rd World countries, where this beautiful music is so seldom heard.

It is interesting that a heavy-weight composer like Arnold Schönberg spent much time converting and arranging other composer’s music. In the case of two of Mahler’s finest song cycles, this is a great advantage, affording posterity an opportunity to enjoy this music with a smaller ensemble.

Much has been written about Mahler’s brilliant orchestration. A trademark of his, was how various smaller groups in the orchestra are featured in almost a chamber music style within the full orchestra. This aspect is skilfully highlighted by Schönberg’s arrangements. These arrangements are part of the repertoire of many theatres these days, the world over and considered an artistically feasable and satisfying alternative to the original Mahler orchestrations.

The staging of this extraordinary concert was conceptualized by Brooklyn Theatre’s Artistic Director, Willem Vogel. The kind support of the Rupert Music Foundation has assisted to make the project a reality for Gauteng music lovers.

The cycles will be sung in German with English subtitles.

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