Gustav Mahler (Das Lied von der Erde)

Musical team

Martijn Dendievel (conductor)
Michael Pflumm (tenor)
Christina Daletska (mezzosoprano)
Karin de Fleyt (flute, piccolo)
Peter Merckx (clarinet, bass clarinet)
Arie Van der Beek (oboe, English horn)
Rémy Roux (bassoon)
Bart Cypers (horn)
Geert Callaert (piano)
Annelies Focquaert (harmonium & celesta)
Wim Pelgrims en Titus Franken (percussion)
Antoine Maisonhaute en Pieter Jansen (violin)
Marc Tooten (viola)
Stijn Saveniers (cello)
Jan Buysschaert (contrabass)


Philippe Quesne

A production of

Wiener Festwochen
DE SINGEL (coproduction)
Het Laatste Bedrijf (coproduction)

In collaboration with

Vivarium Studio

With the support of

the Tax Shelter measure of the Belgian Federal Government

Gallop Tax Shelter

Nanterre-Amandiers, centre dramatique national

With Gustav Mahler’s DAS LIED VON DER ERDE, the French scenographer and director Philippe Quesne takes a look at the future of our planet. He mirrors his reflections on the Anthropocene (the era in which our planet must bear the consequences of human activity) on Mahler’s glorious, six-part song cycle.

The result is powerful staging, a visual and visionary update of Mahler’s melancholy descriptions of nature.

In the most extensive and final part of the cycle, Der Abschied, Quesne even finds the starting point for new utopias.

HERMESensemble performs DAS LIED VON DER ERDE in the arrangement for chamber orchestra by Reinbert de Leeuw. Their arrangement, in which Mahler’s musical lines and details sound out more sharply and intensely than ever before, is a masterpiece in itself. Moreover, in the context of Quesne’s future scenarios, the abrasive tones sound like a resistance against the threatened mass-extinction.