Man and woman walking over hills
On this earth: Alma and Gustav Mahler walking through the meadows above Dobbiaco in the dark summer of 1909 | Picture:  ÖNB, Bildarchiv Austria

Concert information

Musikfest Berli



In this programme the Staatskapelle Berlin under Susanna Mälkki present music that is conscious of death while attempting to grasp the value of life. Gustav Mahler’s  Das Lied von der Erde was written immediately after the death of his daughter. Hush is the final work of composer Kaija Saariaho, that could only be premiered after her death in 2023 – yet movingly resonates with life. 


Staatskapelle Berlin
Susanna Mälkki conductor
Wiebke Lehmkuhl mezzo-soprano
Eric Cutler tenor
Verneri Pohjola trumpet


Kaija Saariaho
Hush, Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra, work commissioned by Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Festival, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Asko|Schoenberg, Muziekgebouw, BBC Radio 3, Lahti Symphony Orchestra and Finnland-Institut
Verneri Pohjola trumpet

Gustav Mahler
Das Lied von der Erde
Wiebke Lehmkuhl mezzo-soprano, Eric Cutler tenor

Additional information

An event by Staatsoper Unter den Linden in cooperation with Berliner Festspiele / Musikfest Berlin

Main Auditorium