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Auditorium di Milano Fondazione Cariplo: Mahler Festival #7

Milan, Auditorium Fondazione Cariplo — Main Hall

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Immerse yourself in an extraordinary performance of Gustav Mahler's masterworks at the remarkable Auditorium Fondazione Cariplo in Milan. This experience will take you on a musical journey unlike any other, allowing you to witness Mahler's compositions in a whole new light.

The year 1901 marked a significant turning point in Mahler's life. He faced a period of illness and recovery, during which he completed his Fourth Symphony. In November of that year, he encountered Alma Schindler, a young woman who would eventually become his wife in 1902.

Meanwhile, in the realm of music, Mahler was developing a new concept of symphony, breaking away from the traditional connections to Lieder and explanatory programs. This evolution is evident in the Scherzo of his Fifth Symphony, which he began composing that summer. Furthermore, 1901 marked a shift away from his reliance on Des Knaben Wunderhorn, a popular and beloved collection of poetry, in favor of Friedrich Rückert's more artistically‐focused verses.

A crucial piece in this period of Mahler's career is the Kindertotenlieder, a cycle of songs inspired by Rückert's poems (preceded by others by the same poet). These songs, which explore the theme of grieving for deceased children, were penned between June 1901 (the first three) and summer 1904 (the last two). They received their premiere performance in Vienna on January 29, 1905.

Interestingly, Mahler composed these songs a full six years prior to the tragic death of his own four‐year‐old daughter, Maria. The composer seemed to almost prophesy this heartbreaking event, as he later wrote in his diary, Alma.

So, prepare to embark on a singular experience of Gustav Mahler's musical genius, exploring his remarkable works in the breathtaking setting of Milan's Auditorium Fondazione Cariplo. This performance will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression, allowing you to appreciate classical music in a way you never have before.


  • Gustav Mahler – Kindertotenlieder per voce e orchestra
  • Gustav Mahler – Sinfonia n. 4 in Sol maggiore
Program is subject to change


Conductor: Markus Stenz
Orchestra: Orchestra della Toscana

Founded in 1980, ORT was established under the tutelage of the Tuscan Regional Government, the Municipal Government of Florence, and the Provincial Administrations of Florence. While under the artistic direction of Luciano Berio, ORT was given national recognition for excellence by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Affairs.
Inside the historic Teatro Verdi in the heart of Florence, the Orchestra is composed of 45 musicians, divided into accomplished chamber groups: I Solisti dell’ORT, OrtEnsemble, Harmoniemusik — I Fiati dell’ORT. ORT's performances are broadcast nationally by RAI‐Radiotre Suite and in Tuscany by Rete Toscana Classica.

Orchestra: Orchestra Giovanile Italiana
Mezzo-soprano: Sophie Harmsen


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