This summer, Het Collectief will be invited once again at the Saintes festival. On the programme: Gustav Mahler’s ‘Das Lied von der Erde’, in a version for ensemble composed by Reinbert de Leeuw, who will be conducting the performance himself.
This cycle of songs, which could also be labelled ‘symphony’, is based on ‘Die chinesische Flöte’ (The Chinese Flute), a series of Chinese poems about nature and life. For Mahler, this work means a point of no return: the tragic death of his four-year-old daughter and the diagnosis of his own heart disorder left the composer in a depressed mood. Accordingly, the work appears to express Mahler’s personal farewell from life.
Het Collectief (15 musicians)
Lucile Richardot & Yves Saelens, soloists
Reinbert de Leeuw, conductor