Just because something is small doesn’t mean that it isn’t great. When I first came to Berlin in 2010, I caught the premier of this musical experiment called mini-Mahler. Performed by ensemble Mini, mini-Mahler’s quintessential aim is to make Mahler’s music more accessible to a contemporary audience. By playing with different performance-space possibilities (mini-Mahler has played at a variety of venues, including Tacheles), and by questioning the normally large-scale that tends to define classical-music orchestras, ensemble allows for a more intimate experience of Mahler’s music. Led by English conductor Joolz Gale, ensemble Mini explores classical-music themes and arrangements in order to present a transformed “sound-world.”
Tonight the Berlin Philharmonic will host the final mini-Mahler performance by ensemble Mini. And while this is sure to be an explosive and enveloping musical experience, ensemble Mini is already developing mini-Wagner and mini-Brahms programs for future performances. Tonight’s concert will also feature the brand new mini-Choir and a world premiere of their new Mahler arrangment.
To learn more about ensemble Mini, click here
Blog entry by Elizabeth Feder in Berlin; Wednesday, Jun. 20, 2012.