The first English performance of Mahler’s second symphony was played, according to Donald Mitchell*, on April 16, 1931 at Queen’s Hall, London, conducted by Bruno Walter.
The second performance took place, under the same conductor, on October 1, 1949. Eighteen years seems an awfully long time to wait for a repeat.
But see how times have changed. This Saturday night there will be two simultaneous concerts of the Resurrection symphony, one at the University of Bristol, conductor John Pickard, and the other, in south London, by the Philharmonia Britannica, conducted by Peter Fender.
http://www.bristol.ac.uk/music/events/2010/concert20101204 – and
I was supposed to be introducing the Bristol concert but find myself otherwise engaged, escorting a group of Guardian readers with Why Mahler? in hand to Vladimir Jurowski’s London Philharmonic performance of Mahler’s first symphony at the Royal Festival Hall.
Tastes have changed. Mahler’s time has surely come.
* in Mitchell and Nicholson, The Mahler Companion (Oxford University Press), 1999. p551