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Mahler’s Symphony No. 2
London 2015 [no label, 2CD]

With the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus. Live at the Festival Hall, London, UK; February 14, 2015. Very good digital radio broadcast.

Gustav Mahler - Symphony No. 2 ‘Resurrection’: Mahler’s second symphony makes for great Passiontide listening. The journey from the tension of the first movements to the resolution of the finale mirrors Easter’s themes of destruction and redemption - hence the unofficial ‘resurrection’ title. The symphony took six years to complete and was first performed in 1895. Mahler always planned for the fifth movement to feature voices but lacked inspiration for a text until 1894, when he heard a setting of Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock’s Die Aufersterhung (‘The Resurrection) performed at the funeral of his colleague and mentor, Hans von Bülow. Mahler was deeply moved. ‘It struck me like lightning, this thing,’ he wrote to a friend, ‘and everything was revealed to me clear and plain.’ He borrowed the first eight lines of Klopstock’s poem and supplied a further twenty or so himself. Halfway through the final movement, the choir comes in with the words: ‘Rise again! Yes, rise again will you, my dust, after a short rest!’

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Thanks to mikeos for sharing the show at Dime; and to takamasa1963 and fanboy for keeping the window open.

mikeos noted:

Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra close their London residency with Mahler’s epic second symphony and Helmut Lachenmann’s intense late-1980s “Tableau”.

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Mahler - Symphony No. 2 (Resurrection)
Track 01. Mahler - Symphony No. 2 - Part A 19:20
Track 02. Mahler - Symphony No. 2 - Part B 8:55
Track 03. Mahler - Symphony No. 2 - Part C 12:08
Track 04. Mahler - Symphony No. 2 - Part D 9:31
Track 05. Mahler - Symphony No. 2 - Part E 18:22
Track 06. Mahler - Symphony No. 2 - Part F 16:50
Track 07. Helmut Lachenmann -Tableau 12:00
98 mins

The show actually began with Helmut Lachenmann’s Tableau. For this share, the track is placed last. Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (Resurrection) was originally shared as one long track. It is arbitrarily split here for easier access. Very roughly:
Track 1 - Allegro maestoso. Mit durchaus ernstem und feierlichem Ausdruck
Track 2 - Andante moderato. Sehr gemachlich
Track 3 - In ruhig fliessender Bewegung
Track 4 - Urlicht. Sehr feierlich, aber schlicht
Track 5 and 6 - Im Tempo des Scherzos. Wild herausfahrend

Kate Royal (soprano)
Magdalena Kozena (mezzo)
London Symphony Chorus
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Simon Rattle

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  1. 21 Responses to “SIMON RATTLE - MAHLER’S SYMPHONY No. 2 (RESURRECTION), BBC 2015”

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    By Eli on Apr 18, 2017

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    By Dumbell Moronzini Moron on Apr 18, 2017

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    By Everybody but Corey is a Moron on Apr 18, 2017

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