Ruth Leon recommends…  Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony

Ruth Leon recommends… Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony

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September 01, 2022

Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony

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  3  September  2000 CEST/ 1900 London/ 1400 NY

Grammy-winning American conductor Alan Gilbert launches his fourth season as Chief Conductor of Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra with performances of Mahler’s monumental ‘Resurrection’ Symphony featuring vocal soloists Christina Nilsson and Sarah Connolly, the NDR Vocal Ensemble and the Berlin Radio Choir. The performance will stream live at 8 pm CEST on September 2 at the orchestra’s website.

“Rise, even rise, you will!” At the end of Gustav Mahler’s Second Symphony, the choir presents the religiously and philosophically motivated core message of the work with poignant optimism. To this day, performances of Mahler’s monumental ‘Resurrection’ Symphony are an impressive event – not only in Hamburg, where the composer had the inspiration for the choral finale.

With the approximately one-and-a-half-hour work, chief conductor Alan Gilbert and his NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra are putting one of the largest symphonies in the repertoire on the programme of the season’s opening concerts – together with renowned soloists and the combined forces of two first-class choirs.

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  • Leo Doherty says:

    It says 3 Sep on their website.

  • Lucy says:

    If Alma had been less libidinous, we might well have more than 9 of these bad boys.

  • Patrick says:

    IPlayer BBC 4. LSO Rattle from last week. You’ll be hard pressed to hear/see a better performance.

    • Mike says:

      Thanks for that warm appreciation of the LSO performance, Patrick; I agree with you – it was breathtakingly splendid. Given the inclination of too many contributors to this website to be unpleasantly hyper-critical, I was waiting for someone to jump at the chance to rubbish Rattle’s direction…..

  • M2N2K says:

    A great piece, a good orchestra, an average interpreter on the podium.