GUSTAV MAHLER : Symphony no. 2 in C m Auferstehung (Resurrection) (1888-94; rev. 1903) 80′
In the colossal symphony Resurrection , Gustav Mahler starts from the vast orchestral ensemble used in Titan to expand it with the introduction of the human voice, with the use of soloists and chorus, a feature that will be characteristic of his later symphonies. It is also the first work in which Mahler uses texts from the collection Des Knaben Wunderhorn: Alte deutsche Lieder (The Magic Horn of Youth: Old German Songs), a set of traditional German poems and songs compiled in 1805 and which it became an inexhaustible source of resources for its production.
The symphony was initially conceived as a one-movement symphonic poem of a funereal nature. Later, and after the death of the conductor Hans von Bülow, the composer introduced four more movements to erect a monumental symphonic construction about death, the memory of happiness, the loss and recovery of faith and, finally, resurrection through love in the hands of God.
Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Lydia Teuscher, soprano
Mihoko Fujimura, mezzo-soprano
Kazushi Ono, conductor