Mahler Des Knaben Wunderhorn

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, , Johannes Gustavsson, conductor, Katarina Karnéus, mezzo-soprano, Hanno Müller-Brachmann, barytone

Mahler Des Knaben Wunderhorn

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, , Johannes Gustavsson, conductor, Katarina Karnéus, mezzo-soprano, Hanno Müller-Brachmann, barytone

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Magical songs that go from the deeply moving to jolly humour with the Gothenburg Symphony and soloist singers Katarina Karnéus and Hanno Müller-Brachmann. Conductor: Johannes Gustavsson.

Gustav Mahler discovered – or was struck by – the collection of folk poems and songs called Des Knaben Wunderhorn, the Boy’s Miraculous Horn. The texts inspired several of his most important works, such as the Songs of a Travelling Journey-man collection of songs, sections of the four first symphonies, and not least these magical songs that move from deeply moving to jolly humour.

In addition, Des Knaben Wunderhorn is not a song cycle in the normal sense; each song has legs of its own, strong and with its own unique expression, plot and musical depiction. Initially, the songs were written with piano accompaniment, but Mahler’s own instrumentation strengthens every song’s emotional centre.

At this concert, we’ll also hear Anders Eliasson’s feverishly intense and emotionally charged fourth symphony.

Concert Introduction

Free introduction with musicians from the orchestra in the Stora Salen Hall one hour before the start of the concert.


Eliasson Symphony No. 4
25 min

25 min

Mahler Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn
1 h 1 min


Mahler Revelge

Mahler Rheinlegendchen

Mahler Trost im Unglück

Mahler Verlor'ne Mühe

Mahler Der Schildwache Nachtlied

Mahler Das irdische Leben

Mahler Lied des Verfolgten im Turm

Mahler Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht?

Mahler Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt

Mahler Lob des hohen Verstandes

Mahler Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen

Mahler Der Tamboursg'sell

Mahler Urlicht


Gothenburg Symphony

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, called "one of the world's most formidable orchestras" by the Guardian, has toured the USA, Europe, Japan and the Far East and performed at major music centres and festivals throughout the world. Chief conductor is Santtu-Matias Rouvali who started his tenure in 2017. Kent Nagano has been principal guest conductor since 2013. Already at the orchestra's very first years, the great Swedish composer Wilhelm Stenhammar was appointed principal conductor, contributing strongly to the Nordic profile of the orchestra by inviting his colleagues Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius to conduct their own works. Subsequent holders of the post include Sergiu Comissiona, Sixten Ehrling and Charles Dutoit. During Neeme Järvi's tenure (1982-2004), the orchestra became a major international force. In 1997 it was appointed the National Orchestra of Sweden. The list of prominent guest conductors has included Wilhelm Furtwängler, Pierre Monteux, Herbert von Karajan, Myung-Whun Chung, Herbert Blomstedt and Sir Simon Rattle. The orchestra also runs extensive concert projects for children, and regularly releases digital live concerts free on The orchestra has issued over 100 recordings on BIS, Deutsche Grammophon, Chandos, Farao Classics and several other labels, including the complete orchestral music by Grieg and the complete symphonies of Sibelius, Nielsen, Stenhammar and Atterberg, and most recently orchestral music by Richard Strauss. The Gothenburg Symphony is owned by the Region Västra Götaland.

Johannes Gustavsson Conductor

Katarina Karnéus mezzosopran

Hanno Müller-Brachmann baryton

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