The Leipzig Gewandhaus have had to face the reality of covid-19 and move their complete Mahler Symphony Cycle to 2023 (exact dates to be confirmed). Despite this delay we are looking forward to this unique cycle “in the city where Mahler became Mahler” and the city that has been at the heart of classical music history for the past 500 years. We will have a block of top price tickets for the complete cycle and will stay at the 4* Radisson Augustsplatz which is directly opposite the concert hall.
The orchestras and conductors planned for 2021 (and subject to change for 2023) include Andris Nelsons leading the Gewandhausorchester in Symphonies 2 & 8; Sir Simon Rattle with LSO (6th Symphony); Fabio Luisi & Royal Concertgebouw (5th Symphony); Valery Gergiev & Munich Philharmonic (4th Symphony & Das Lied von der Erde); Daniel Harding & Vienna Philharmonic (1st Symphony & Rückert Leider); Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (3rd Symphony); Sir Antonio Pappano & Staatskapelle Dresden (7th Symphony); Kirill Petrenko & Berlin Philharmonic (9th Symphony); Danielle Gatti & Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra (10th Symphony); Markus Stenz & MDR Symphony Orchestra (Todtenfeier, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen & Das klagende Lied).
Thanks to the commitment of Gewandhaus kapellmeister Arthur Nikisch, the Gewandhaus orchester devoted itself increasingly to Mahler's symphonic oeuvre towards the end of the 19th century. During Riccardo Chailly's tenure, Leipzig's significance in Mahler's development as a composer became ingrained in the consciousness of the international music world, and the reputation of the Gewandhausorchester cemented as one of the world's leading Mahler orchestras.
Gustav Mahler's two-year tenure as Second Kapellmeister at Leipzig's opera house (1886-1888) was his first appointment in a major musical metropolis. Here he was to conduct almost 200 opera performances with the Gewandhausorchester, allowing him the opportunity to engage intensively with the sonic dimensions afforded by one of the world's greatest orchestras.
The 11 night holiday will be fully escorted throughout and will include flights from the UK, breakfast each, a welcome dinner, farewell Gala Dinner, six pre-concert meals, one post-concert supper, two lunch/brunches (wines & drinks included), a programme of sightseeing in and around Leipzig.
Flights with Lufthansa (via Munich) are included from Manchester, Heathrow & Birmingham. Other departure points are available on request. If you prefer to make your own arrangements you may deduct £300 from the above costs and we will meet you at the hotel.