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Musikfest Berlin 2023

In the programme of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin conducted by Robin Ticciati, the work "Šu" by the Korean composer Unsuk Chin will be followed by Gustav Mahler's "Lied von der Erde", which revolves around the finiteness of human existence.

The Korean composer Unsuk Chin’s concerto “Šu” for the sheng virtuoso Wu Wei and orchestra meets Gustav Mahler’s setting of Hans Bethge’s cycle of free adaptations of Chinese poems: “Das Lied von der Erde”, that Bruno Walter called “one single, passionate, bitter, renunciatory and benedictive sound of farewell”: a work that was never performed during the composer’s lifetime.

Unsuk Chin (*1961)
Concerto for sheng and orchestra (2009, rev. 2010)

Gustav Mahler (1860 – 1911)
Das Lied von der Erde
Symphony for tenor and alto (or baritone) and orchestra (1908/1909)

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Participating artists
Wu Wei
Karen Cargill
Allan Clayton
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Robin Ticciati