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Mahler Festival In Amsterdam

Grote Zaal © Hans Roggen

 

Mahler Festival in Amsterdam

These two tours, enjoying the entirety of Mahler's works over 10 days in all, can be booked seperately or together, running back to back. Select the dates that best suit you below to visit the individual departure pages, or read on to discover the itineraries for both of these tours. Please contact the ACE Office for more details and for availability enquiries.

May 8–13, 2020
May 13–18, 2020

 

  • Internationally-acclaimed orchestras assemble to bring us a complete series of Mahler symphonies across two tours
  • Musical delights are supplemented with a range of cultural visits in Amsterdam and The Hague, including the world-famous Rijksmuseum
  • Delve behind the scenes at the festival’s venue, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw

 

In 2020 the world-famous Mahler Festival will take place in Amsterdam, the great Austro-German composer’s “second musical homeland”. Marking 100 years since the first Mahler Festival was held here, this spectacular cultural event will focus on the central theme of ‘Mahler’s Universe’; and ACE is delighted to be returning for two consecutive tours covering the festival’s fortnight.

At the heart of a remarkable series of concerts will be a selection of eminent orchestras, ranging from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic to the Berliner Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic and the Budapest Festival Orchestra. These are presided over by a range of superb conductors, from the prolific Jaap van Zweden – Musical Director of both the New York and Hong Kong Philharmonics – to the award-winning Iván Fischer and Daniel Barenboim. Players and conductors will be joined by prestigious soloists to bring us not only the composer’s recognised symphonies, but also additional works showcasing his tremendous emotional and musical range. On our second tour, these will include Das Lied von der Erde, written towards the end of Mahler’s life and described by Bernstein as the composer’s “greatest symphony”. Indeed, by experiencing the composer’s works in chronological order, we will come away with a powerful impression of his development as a composer intertwined with his journey through life.

Our musical programme will be supplemented with introductory lectures given by our Tour Directors, John Bryden and Richard Wigmore, as well as cultural daytime visits taking in the best of Amsterdam’s heritage. These will include a historical walking tour, visits to the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum, and a guided tour of the Concertgebouw. On our first tour we hope to include two organ recitals given by our Tour Director, while our second tour will feature a guided visit to the Muziek Instituut in The Hague (subject to confirmation).

We will stay throughout at the four-star Park Hotel, located in Amsterdam’s city centre. All performances will take place in the Main Hall of the majestic neoclassical Royal Concertgebouw, a short walk from our hotel.

All concert tickets are in category one.

Our first tour will be led by John Bryden, MA, ARCM, ARCO, a member of the Dartington Piano Duo who has played across Britain and Europe as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician. He has given concerts in venues ranging from California to Kathmandu via Wigmore Hall.
Our second tour will be led by Richard Wigmore, MA, AGSM, a writer, broadcaster, lecturer and former professional singer. He contributes to Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine, and frequently appears on Radio 3’s Record Review.

 

For those who wish to hear the complete set of Mahler’s symphonies, it is possible to take part in both tours back-to-back. In addition to the full musical experience, participants joining both tours can enjoy the expertise of both Tour Directors as well as some varying daytime visits.

 

FITNESS REQUIREMENTS

These tours are not anticipated to be strenuous, but some visits will be made on foot and our second tour will include a boat trip on Amsterdam’s canals.

 

Itinerary - tour 1

Day

1

Depart London Heathrow 1145 on British Airways, arriving Amsterdam 1405. Transfer to Park Hotel for five nights. Welcome and introductory lecture followed by evening performance at the Concertgebouw featuring the New York Philharmonic under Jaap van Zweden with Roderick Williams (baritone): Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Symphony No 1 in D major ‘Titan’.

Day

2

Morning lecture followed by historical walking tour of Amsterdam. Afternoon: visit to the Rijksmuseum. Evening performance at the Concertgebouw featuring the New York Philharmonic under Jaap van Zweden with Joélle Harvey (soprano) and Sasha Cooke (mezzo-soprano): Symphony No 2 in C minor ‘Resurrection’.

Day

3

Excursion to The Hague for visit to the Mauritshuis. Return to Amsterdam for free afternoon followed by lecture. Evening performance at the Concertgebouw featuring the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Myung-Whun Chung with Gerhild Romberger (alto): Symphony No 3 in D minor.

Day

4

Morning excursion to Haarlem for organ recital at St Bavo’s Cathedral (subject to confirmation) followed by some free time. Return to Amsterdam for afternoon lecture followed by evening performance at the Concertgebouw featuring the Berliner Philharmonic under Kirill Petrenko with Christiane Karg (soprano) and Elisabeth Kulman (mezzo-soprano): Rückert-Lieder, Symphony No 4 in G major.

Day

5

Morning excursion to Alkmaar for organ recital at St Laurens’s Church (subject to confirmation). Return to Amsterdam for afternoon guided tour of the Concertgebouw followed by evening performance at the Concertgebouw featuring the Vienna Philharmonic under Daniel Barenboim with Okka von der Damerau (mezzo-soprano): Kindertotenlieder, Symphony No 5 in C sharp minor.

Day

6

Morning visit to the Van Gogh Museum. Depart Amsterdam 1500, arriving Heathrow 1525.
 

Cost of £3295 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing an executive twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, five dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included: travel insurance, superior single supplement £515.

TOUR CODE: MAH120

 

Itinerary - tour 2

Day

1

Depart London Heathrow 1145 on British Airways, arriving Amsterdam 1405. Transfer to Park Hotel for five nights. Welcome and introductory lecture followed by evening performance at the Concertgebouw featuring the Berliner Philharmonic under Kirill Petrenko: Symphony No 6 in A minor.

Day

2

Morning lecture followed by historical walking tour of Amsterdam. Afternoon: visit to the Rijksmuseum. Evening performance at the Concertgebouw featuring the Vienna Philharmonic under Daniel Barenboim: Symphony No 7 in B minor.

3

Whole day excursion to The Hague for visit to the Mauritshuis and guided visit to the Muziek Instituut (subject to confirmation). Return to Amsterdam for evening performance at the Concertgebouw featuring the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra under Daniel Harding with soloists: Symphony No 8 in E flat major ‘Symphonie der Tausend’.

4

Morning visit to the Amsterdam Museum. Free afternoon followed by lecture. Evening performance at the Concertgebouw featuring the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Myung Whun-Chung: Symphony No 9 in D major.

Day

5

Morning lecture followed by canal boat trip and some free time. Afternoon: guided tour of the Concertgebouw followed by evening performance at the Concertgebouw featuring the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Iván Fischer with Gerhild Romberger (alto) and Andrew Staples (tenor): Adagio from Symphony No 10 in F sharp major, Das Lied von der Erde. 

Day

6

Morning visit to the Van Gogh Museum. Depart Amsterdam 1500, arriving Heathrow 1525.
 

 

Cost of £3295 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing an executive twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, five dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included: travel insurance, superior single supplement £515.

TOUR CODE: MAH220

 
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