Major Mahler cycle planned for May 2021

Major Mahler cycle planned for May 2021


norman lebrecht

March 23, 2020

While the Concertgebouw’s Mahler cycle in May 2020 is looking increasingly unlikely, the Leipzig Gewandhaus today announced a full symphonic cycle for May 2021.

Ten international orchestras will be involved.

Sofia Gubaidulina, 88, is to be Gewandhaus composer for the next two seasons.



  • phf655 says:

    This is old news. Tickets for this cycle went on sale in May 2019.

  • Cubs Fan says:

    Is this something different from the previously announced Mahler festival that I bought tickets for months ago?

  • Mustafa Kandan says:

    They announced that last year. In fact all the tickets are already sold out I believe. A year sounds reassuringly far away that there should be no problem with that festival. In my case, I am not so assured. I will consider myself very lucky if I end up attending it.

    • Saxon Broken says:

      Given the fact deaths have plateaued in Italy, it looks like we might be getting back to normalcy in June or July in most places. It seems the shut-down is working.

  • Ilio says:

    ? Tickets for Leipzig 2021 went on sale last year. Already have my tickets.

  • Greg Bottini says:

    Even more Mahler?
    I’m certainly not knocking the composer here, but his works are becoming almost as overplayed as Vivaldi.
    Really, is there no other music that these “ten international orchestras” can come up with to play?
    If I lived in or around Leipzig, I would much more be looking forward to the performances of Gubaidulina’s music.

    • Barry Guerrero says:

      While I agree that Mahler festivals become almost meaningless when there are so many of them, it would be quite a stretch for me to say that I’d rather hear all of Gubaidulina’s music instead. I will, however, agree with your, “is there no there music?” comment. A Milhaud festival might be nice. Anyway, I understand your sentiment. Here’s how much I’ve participated in this year’s Beethoven fuss: zero.

      • Saxon Broken says:

        Lets hope people don’t try to perform lots of Beethoven next year because they missed performing it this year. Much as I love Beethoven’s music, I also like to hear other things.

  • Edoardo Saccenti says:

    All gatherings with more than 3 people are banned in the Netherlands till June 1st, which means that no concert can take place till June 1st, at best

  • Paul Wells says:

    Tickets for the Mahler festival went on sale 10 months ago and most concerts sold out that week.

  • Guest says:

    Since the Netherlands have banned yesterday all events until end of June and New York Phil cancelled their tour the Festival in Amsterdam has to be postponed.

  • Brian Cooper says:

    I’m afraid this is an inaccurate post in several ways.

    The Gewandhaus announced its 240th season yesterday.

    Tickets for the Mahler Festival went on sale in May 2019. That’s ten months ago. Most concerts were sold out within hours. And as far as I’m aware, the festival had been announced even before then.

    So much for the words “today announced a full symphonic cycle for May 2021”.

    As for the Concertgebouw Mahlerfeest, the hall itself will probably announce very soon what the orchestra has already done: cancellation of all concerts up to June 1st.

  • Michel says:

    Not very original ! Frankly, Malher is a great composer and I love hearing it from time to time but too much of it is bad for the health

  • Melisande says:

    The Amsterdam Mahler Festival planned May 8 – 17 2020 has been cancelled due to the fact that also this Concert Hall will stay closed till June 1st.
    This, of course, is unforseen violent for the management, orchestras, conductors, soloists and music lovers alike.

    • Barry Guerrero says:

      It may also keep players alive, so you won’t have to audition replacements – a process which orchestras seem to be unable to get through with any real efficiency. Long term thinking nearly always trumps short term (no pun intended).