Manuel Walser © Thomas Walser
Manuel Walser © Thomas Walser


MANUEL WALSER Sings Mahler Songs and Makes his Dresden Debut

After a successful performance at the Schubertiade in Vilabertran, where he sang Hugo Wolf’s Spanisches Liederbuch at the end of August, in September Manuel Walser dedicates himself to Gustav Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, in which a traveller unhappy in love voices the woe of his heart, veering between painful reality and a healing dream-world. Mahler’s first song cycle is performed under the baton of Vahid Khadem-Missagh in the chamber version by Arnold Schoenberg at the Stiftskirche in Göttweig, at Weitra Palace and at the baroque library of Stift Altenburg.

September also brings two simultaneous debuts for two young Swiss vocalists with the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden: Manuel Walser takes on the baritone part in a special concert commemorating the 471st birthday of the tradition-steeped orchestra, and tenor Mauro Peter, who was most recently celebrated at the Salzburg Festival, appears alongside him. Under the baton of Ton Koopman, a high-carat cast performs Johann David Heinichen’s serenade La Gara degli Dei, incidentally composed 300 years ago as the prelude to a spectacular set of fireworks above the River Elbe celebrating the marriage of the Saxonian Elector Friedrich August II to Maria Josepha of Austria in Dresden.

G. Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Academia Allegro Vivo
Vahid Khadem-Missagh, Conductor & Violin

J. D. Heinichen: La Gara degli Dei
Staatskapelle Dresden
Ton Koopman, Conductor & Harpsichord