The Leipzig Gewandhaus have had to face the reality of covid-19 and move their complete Mahler Symphony Cycle to 2023 . 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.
The orchestras and conductors planned for 2023 include:
- Andris Nelsons leading the Gewandhausorchester (2nd & 8th Symphonies)
- Danielle Gatti & Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra (1st Symphony)
- Christian Thielemann & Staatskapelle Dresden (3rd Symphony)
- Valery Gergiev & Munich Philharmonic (4th Symphony)
- Myung-whun Chung & Royal Concertgebouw (5th Symphony)
- Semyon Bychkov & Czech Philharmonic (6th Symphony)
- Christian Thielemann & Staatskapelle Dresden (7th Symphony)
- Ivan Fisher & Budapest Festival Orchestra (9th Symphony)
- Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla & CBSO (10th Symphony)
- Dennis Russell-Davies & MDR Symphony Orchestra (Todtenfeier, Lieder aus »Des Knaben Wunderhorn«, 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, 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.