Mahler 1

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


Sunday | 2/18/2024
11:00 am Start of Concert

The concert introduction in the event hall of the Central Library (1st floor) begins one hour before the concert.
Konzertsaal im Kulturpalast, Dresden
Floor Plan
59 | 49 | 42 | 36 | 27 | 20 €
9 € for young people
29 € for Dresden-Pass
7 € for Last Minute

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


Since 2023/24, Kahchun Wong has been Chief Conductor of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra; from 2024/25, he will also be Principal Conductor of the Hallé in Manchester. The Singapore-born conductor is internationally acclaimed for his electrifying stage presence and his attentive engagement with the artistic heritage of the East and West. Winning the 2016 Mahler Competition opened the doors to top international orchestras for him.

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