A poetic meeting of Mahler's symphonies, with extracts performed by the New European Ensemble, and a film inspired by the composer's life and music edited live to adapt to the changes of tempo.

Lucas van Woerkum makes silent films inspired by the music and lives of composers and synchronises them live during performances. As the New European Ensemble perform sections of Mahler’s second, fourth, eighth, ninth and tenth symphonies, van Woerkum weaves a poetic narrative in his film The Echo of Being, which is based on details from the lives of Gustav and Alma Mahler and their young daughter Maria, with the lead roles played by actors Amira Casar (Call me by your name) and Greg Wise (The Crown).

Mahler extracts from Symphonies No.2, 4, 8, 9, 10
...it is so deep and moving. I can only try to imagine the huge impact it made on a full screen with the symphony orchestra playing. But one should watch it alone as one will be weeping. Thank you for undertaking such a mammoth task, gigantic and risky

Marina Mahler, granddaughter of Gustav Mahler

New European Ensemble

The almost otherworldly images of the frozen Dolomites complement the music so well that it almost seems as if Mahler came up with it himself


This event is part of Summer at Snape.

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