Song of the Earth debuts in Hanoi

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Das Lied von der Erde ("The Song of the Earth") by Austrian composer Gustav Mahler will make its Vietnam debut at the Hanoi Opera House on July 12 and 13, the Vietnamplus newswire reported Friday.

Laid out in six separate movements, each of them an independent song, the work is a symphony for Tenor and Alto (or Baritone) voice and orchestra; and will feature Swedish Swedish artist Anna Einarsson, Vietnamese tenor Trinh Thanh Binh and the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra (VNSO).

Mahler (1860 1911) conceived the work in 1908, following closely on the publication of Hans Bethge's volume of ancient Chinese poetry rendered into German, Die Chinesische Flöte ("The Chinese Flute").

The approximately 65 minute-performance, which is a message of nature, cycle of life, the root of the existence of the universe, as well as the death and resurrection, was first performed in Munich, Germany in 1911.

Anna Einarsson has performed with several symphony orchestras and concerts in churches and radio channels. She has also released several albums.

Trinh Thanh Binh is a graduate of the Vietnam National Academy of Music. He currently works for VNSO and has performed in several symphony ballet concerts, including Carmen, and The Man Walking Through the Valley.

"The Song of the Earth", will be performed under the baton of Japanese conductor Honna Tetsuji.

The Hanoi Opera House is at 1, Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.

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