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Berlin Philharmonic - Lachenmann, Mahler

Live from the Royal Festival Hall in London, Simon Rattle conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in Helmut Lachenmann's Tableau and Mahler's Symphony No 2 (Resurrection).

Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic close their London residency at the Royal Festival Hall with a work significant to both of them. Mahler's epic Second Symphony, beginning with its dramatic, brooding funeral march and ending in an overwhelming affirmation of Christian faith, was premiered in 1895 by the Berlin Philharmonic; and it was the 'Resurrection' Symphony that inspired the eleven-year-old Rattle to be a conductor. Fifty years later it's become something of a Rattle party-piece, a fitting climax to his sixtieth birthday celebrations in London.

Providing an upbeat to Mahler's transcendent symphony is Helmut Lachenmann's late 80s 'Tableau', a short, intense work which uses a huge conventional orchestra to unconventional ends. It's a perfect foil to the Mahler, a typical Rattle juxtaposition designed to make an audience sit up and think.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

Helmut Lachenmann: Tableau
Mahler: Symphony No 2 ('Resurrection')

Kate Royal (soprano)
Magdalena Ko?ená (mezzo-soprano)
London Symphony Chorus
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Berlin Philharmonic
Simon Rattle (conductor).

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Helmut Lachenmann

    Tableau

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony No.2 'Resurrection'

    Performer: Kate Royal. Performer: Magdalena Kožená. Choir: CBSO Chorus. Choir: London Symphony Chorus. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon.
  • Post concert

    • Béla Bartók

      String Quartet No.4

      Ensemble: Diotema Quartet.

      Recorded 14 December 2014 at the Spitalfields Winter Music Festival, London

    • Béla Bartók

      Romanian folk dances Sz.56 for piano

      Performer: Béla Bartók.
      • Bartok at the Piano 1.
      • Hungaroton.
      • HCD12326-31.
    • Domenico Scarlatti

      Keyboard Sonata in G major Kk.427

      Performer: Béla Bartók.
      • Bartok at the Piano 1.
      • Hungaroton.
      • HCD12326-31.
    • Domenico Scarlatti

      Keyboard Sonata in A major Kk.212

      Conductor: Béla Bartók.
      • Bartok at the Piano 1.
      • Hungaroton.
      • HCD12326-31.
    • Domenico Scarlatti

      Keyboard Sonata in A major Kk.537

      Performer: Béla Bartók.
      • Bartok at the Piano 1.
      • Hungaroton.
      • HCD12326-31.
    • Domenico Scarlatti

      Keyboard Sonata in B flat major Kk.70

      Performer: Béla Bartók.
      • Bartok at the Piano 1.
      • Hungaroton.
      • HCD12326-31.

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