BBC Philharmonic - Mahler's Symphony No 2
Vassily Sinaisky conducts the BBC Philharmonic and CBSO Chorus in Mahler's Symphony No 2 (Resurrection). With Olena Tokar (soprano) and Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano).
From the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Presented by Tom Redmond
Mahler Symphony No.2 'Resurrection'
Olena Tokar (soprano)
Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano)
Vassily Sinaisky (conductor)
Huge performing forces assemble for Mahler's epic Second Symphony as he takes us on a journey from darkness to light. Beginning with a funeral march, Mahler draws on song (St Anthony of Padua's preaching to the fishes and their nonchalant response, as well as his heart-felt Urlicht) and off-stage brass call to a life beyond. The full forces join for Klopstock's Resurrection hymn. "Whenever I plan a large musical structure I always come to the point where I have to resort to 'the word' as a vehicle for my musical idea'', Mahler said. Soprano Olena Tokar and mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnston join the CBSO Chorus, BBC Philharmonic and Vassily Sinaisky for this performance. Mahler said "a symphony is like the world" and this one embraces that sentiment, inviting us to glimpse a world beyond earthly life.