A progressive outlook versus fear of the unknown, the bitterness of the outsider versus a yearning for greener grass, a manic drive versus self-absorption… Gustav Mahler's music is a mass of contrasts and dualities linked only by a weak tissue of shifting balances. In Mahler's body of songs no less than in his nine symphonies, this inner conflict thrusts itself upon the audience with existential urgency: each song marks a way-station along a road that leads from the romantic idylls of the "Wunderhorn" via the familial intimacy of the "Rückert–Lieder" to the contemplative outlook of Far Eastern lyricism in the "Lied von der Erde".
In their first production at the Deutsche Oper Berlin Nico and the Navigators tackle the cosmos of Mahler's songs in an evening of poetical and physical expression that endeavours to distil this sifting of senses for the stage. For Nico and the Navigators, following on from their successes with Handel's Orlando at the Hallenser Festspiele and Rossini's Petite messe solennelle, this Mahler project featuring singers and musicians of the Deutsche Oper Berlin represents not only another excursion into musical theatre but also the beginning of a sustained collaboration with the opera house.
The production process was aired last December in a 90 minute television documentary on Arte. The live recording from EuroArts can be ordered over their online shop: http://shop.euroarts.com
A Deutsche Oper Berlin Production in cooperation with NICO AND THE NAVIGATORS.
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