Mahler 1

Gustav Mahler's first work and a favorite of Principal Guest Conductor Kahchun Wong.

About the Concert

Mahler writes his first symphony in just six weeks in 1888, yet he is still a blank slate as a composer. But he is freshly in love and, as if in a frenzy, composes a monumental work that already exhibits all his typical stylistic features: the abrupt changes of mood, the allusions to other composers and styles, and the elegiac keynote.
"Tapkaara" means "to dance standing up" and is used by a certain ethnic group in Japan to refer to a ritual: When they are feeling particularly well or poorly, they come together, sing improvised songs, and dance while doing so. Akira Ifukube often witnessed this and made it the occasion for his Sinfonia of the same name. For our Focus Artist Kahchun Wong, it is one of the most important recent works by Japanese composers and is particularly close to his heart.


Akira Ifukube
"Sinfonia Tapkaara"

Gustav Mahler
Sinfonie Nr. 1 D-Dur


Kahchun Wong
Dresdner Philharmonie


Kahchun Wong


Internationally acclaimed for his electrifying stage presence and his thoughtful exploration of Eastern and Western artistic legacies, Singaporean-born Kahchun Wong is the Chief Conductor of Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and the Principal Guest Conductor of Dresdne Philharmonie. He will succeed Sir Mark Elder as the newly appointed Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Hallé from 2024/25.

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