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The Song of the Earth

The Song of the Earth

2020 June 18, Thursday, 19.00
, Vilnius

The location will be specified

JUSTINA GRINGYTĖ (mezzo-soprano)
The Song of the Earth

FRANZ SCHUBERT – Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D 485
GUSTAV MAHLER – Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth) for mezzo-soprano, tenor and orchestra

Majestic opus The Song of the Earth programmed at the closing concert of the Festival gave the motto for this year’s Vilnius Festival: the fate of the Earth as a human planet is particularly relevant today. Gustav Mahler wrote his symphony-cantata Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth), also known as the Ninth Symphony, in 1909. It is an epic that speaks to all humanity. The song is the soul and nerve of Mahler’s symphonies, and in this opus, the song becomes its epitome. The composer employed lyrics from German poet Hans Bethge’s Die chinesische Flöte (The Chinese Flute) collection. Inspired by ancient, even exotic poems by Chinese poets, Mahler created one of the most eloquent scores in music literature of the world.

Concert will open with yet another fascinating work – Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 5 in B flat major. In 1816, the nineteen-year-old composer wrote more than one hundred songs and over fifty other works, including this opus. It is a completely different piece of music than the dramatic Fourth Symphony (Tragic); the transparency and lightness of the Fifth Symphony resembles the opuses of Haydn and Mozart.

The stage will be graced by prominent Lithuanian musicians – the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, internationally admired soloists Justina Gringytė and Kristian Benedikt, and the conductor Modestas Pitrėnas, a recipient of the Lithuanian National Prize.

Ticket prices
30, 40, 50, 60 Eur

Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society

Address: Aušros vartų st. 5, LT-01304 Vilnius, Lietuva
Contact: tel. +370 5 266 52 10, fax. +370 5 266 52 66

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