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Thu, 30 Mar


Royal Albert Hall

Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 - Philharmonia Chorus

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Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 - Philharmonia Chorus
Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 - Philharmonia Chorus

Time & Location

30 Mar 2023, 19:30 BST

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 2AP, UK

About the event

The thrill and sheer emotional impact of hearing this symphony live never diminishes: from the paroxysms of death to the affirmation of the life hereafter.

Mahler’s ode to life may end in glory, but the route there is full of twists and turns. Burlesque folk tunes sit alongside funeral marches, gentle nocturnes alongside storms. In Mahler’s deft hands, what might otherwise be jarring juxtapositions become vital pieces of the overall jigsaw. His Second Symphony is a panorama of life, death and resurrection, the musical equivalent of a vast Michelangelo mural.

With the glorious choral finale, Mahler provides his own unique response to the challenge set by Beethoven in his Ninth Symphony: how to bring voices into the symphonic ideal. Having been through the twisting journey, we find ourselves, as Mahler wrote in his own programme notes, in a place where there is ‘no judgement… no punishment and no reward. Just an overwhelming love illuminates our being. We know, and are.’

MAHLER Symphony No.2, Resurrection

  • Vasily Petrenko Conductor
  • Elizabeth Watts Soprano 
  • Jennifer Johnston Mezzo-Soprano 
  • Philharmonia Chorus Royal 
  • Philharmonic Orchestra

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