Amsterdam Ensemble to perform heavenly ‘Fourth Symphony’

Amsterdam Ensemble to perform heavenly ‘Fourth Symphony’

Lovers of chamber music and Mahler’s heavenly ‘Fourth Symphony’ are in for an extraordinary treat on Sunday July 7. The entire work will be performed by the international Amsterdam Ensemble, with award-winning South African soprano Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi as guest soloist. Presented by the Hugo Concert Series, the performance will take place at 3.30pm at the Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium on Picton Street in Parow.

The entire ‘Fourth Symphony’ is built around a single song, ‘Das himmlische Leben’, presenting a child’s vision of Heaven. It is prefigured in various ways in the first three movements, and sung in its entirety in the fourth movement, in this performance by Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi.

Eildert Beeftink, pianist of the Amsterdam Ensemble, has created a glorious chamber music arrangement of Mahler’s masterpiece for piano, violin, cello, clarinet and soprano. Embracing the symphony’s crystalline score, and distilling it into five voices, the arrangement beautifully captures the delicate lines of the Symphony, while keeping a remarkably symphonic scale.

The Amsterdam Ensemble, founded in January 2009, comprises Michael Hesselink (clarinet), Rosanne Philippens (violin), Julia Tom (cello), and Eildert Beeftink (piano). The four young musicians have all been prize winners at important national and international competitions, making their mark on the international music scene. Since joining forces, the ensemble has garnered acclaim for the artistic depth and vision it brings to both traditional concerts and genre-breaking programming.

* Tickets are R130, R90 (pensioners) and R60 (students/learners) and can be booked at, or by calling 021 461 3816 during office hours.