Mahler arr. Schoenberg Das Lied von der Erde
Joshua Ellicott, Tenor
Roderick Williams, Baritone
William Conway, Conductor
Lammermuir Festival returns with live audiences in September 2021 – and Hebrides Ensemble are delighted to be part of it performing Schoenberg’s chamber arrangement of this Mahler masterpiece, in the company of two exceptional singers: Joshua Ellicott and Roderick Williams.
The impetus for Mahler’s composition of The Song of the Earth came from a period of personal tragedy including the diagnosis of a potentially fatal heart defect. For him, said Bruno Walter, “The world and life now lay in the sinister shadow of [death’s] nearness”, and this moving allegory of transitory human existence merging into eternity proved to be his final testament.