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Auditorium di Milano Fondazione Cariplo: Mahler Festival #3

Milan, Auditorium Fondazione Cariplo — Main Hall

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About the Event

During Gustav Mahler's tenure as the second director of the Leipzig Stadttheater, he had a transformative encounter with the fictional anthology Des Knaben Wunderhorn by Achim von Arnim and Clemens Brentano. This significant event took place while Mahler frequented the home of Karl and Marion von Weber and attended the orchestration of fragments from Weber's opera Die drei Pintos. It was during this period that Mahler's connection with Wunderhorn came to life, igniting the three fundamental aspects of his musical temperament: the sense of drama, the sense of the popular, and, above all, the sense of the religious.

The Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, under the baton of conductor Manfred Honeck and featuring the extraordinary baritone Matthias Gorne, presents an exquisite program at the Auditorium. This program reaches its climax with a monumental symphonic fresco from the era of Arnim and Brentano's Des Knaben Wunderhorn: Beethoven's Eroica Symphony!


  • Gustav Mahler – Des Knaben Wundernhorn (Il corno magico del fanciullo)
  • Ludwig van Beethoven – Sinfonia n. 3 in Mi bemolle maggiore op. 55
Program is subject to change


Conductor: Manfred Honeck

Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck was violinist with the Vienna Philharmonic for 10 years, and embarked on his conducting career as assistant to Claudio Abbado at the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. Subsequently, he was engaged by the Zurich Opera House, served as Music Director at the Norwegian National Opera in Oslo, was Music Director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and has since 2008 been Principal Guest Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. A highly sought‐after conductor, other engagements have led Honeck to guest conduct numerous preeminent orchestras as well as opera houses.

Soloist, Baritone: Matthias Goerne


Orchestra: Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

Founded in 1908, the world‐renowned Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia has been conducted by some of the major musical figures of the 20th century, including Sibelius, Mahler, and Strauss, and later Riccardo Muti, Valery Gergiev, and Kurt Masur.

Sir Antonio Pappano has been Chief Conductor of the Orchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia since 2005. The highly successful collaboration has brought the Orchestra to music festivals like the Proms in London and the Lucerne and Salzburg Festivals, as well as concert halls including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Philharmonie in Berlin, and the Musikverein in Vienna. The Orchestra has its home in the impressive Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome.


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