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Tue 12 Apr 2016

Royal Festival Hall, London

Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection

Time: 7:00pm

Admission: £10 - £75

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Mahler Symphony No. 2, Resurrection

Vladimir Jurowski conductor
Adriana Kucerova soprano
Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano
Philharmonia Chorus

Transcendent, redemptive, life-affirming – Mahler’s gargantuan Second Symphony wears its heart on its sleeve and is one of the most thrilling pieces of music ever composed.

It calls for a vast orchestra, including more than 30 violins, ten horns, vocal soloists and a choir. But it’s also Mahler’s most personal symphony, and played here on the period instruments he composed it for, it’s a chance to hear it afresh, as if newly penned.

World-famous mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly joins us for a period performance of dexterity and raw power – taking us back to the time Mahler pushed music to breaking point.

OAE Extras

5.45pm, Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall
Free admission 

Mahler’s Second Symphony was probably the most popular of his works in his own lifetime, and one which Mahler himself conducted on several occasions. Robert Samuels will talk about the ideas behind the symphony, what Mahler’s own performances can tell us about it, and what the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s historically-informed performance can reveal to the modern listener.

Venue details

This venue has disabled access. Nearest National Rail: Waterloo, Waterloo East and Charing Cross Nearest Underground: Waterloo and Embankment
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One Comment

  • 24 hours after this performance I am still trembling with excitement. I must have listened to this symphony dozens of times and thought I knew every note. Last night I sat mesmerized within touching distance of the conductor and second violins. I was immersed in a sensual experience – never heard before & probably never again. Sadly, no microphones there to record this monumental event for posterity? Nothing posted on the website flagging repeat performances. Sad for those that missed it.
    The OAE had doubled in size and tripled in effect to produce a performance which eclipses all five I own on disc & every one I’ve heard in the flesh. The stunning soft detail – melodies tossed from cellos to 2nds & over to 1sts within a trice – what a magician was Mahler to conjure up these confections. Fabulous!
    Ten years or so previously I sat next to Catherine Mackintosh in the Wigmore Hall and we chatted about the OAE’s Mahler One workshop lead by Roger Norrington which had been a revelation to me. I asked if the OAE would go on to do the Resurrection – it seemed not at the time. Its been a long wait – I may not be around in ten years time for the next progression so let’s hope last night will inspire new revelations to illuminate the Mahler catalogue very soon.
    BTW I forgot to pick up a programme yesterday so if there are any left over I’d love to get hold of one.

    Jon Finlayson Wed Apr 13 2016