I have for you today some details about the new recording of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony #2.
Mahler: Symphony No. 2 ‘Resurrection’, performed by Anne Schwanewilms (soprano) and Olga Borodina (mezzo), with the
Münchner Philharmoniker and the Munich Philharmonic Choir, Valery Gergiev conducting.
This recording of Mahler’s Second Symphony was made during the opening concerts of Valery Gergiev’s first season as Music Director of the Munich Philharmonic. Since first coming to prominence after winning the Karajan Conducting Competition at the age of 24, Gergiev has established himself as one of the world’s great conductors and communicators on the value and role of music in today’s society.
The Munich Philharmonic had an especially close relationship with Gustav Mahler and has long been associated with his music. Mahler conducted the Munich Philharmonic at the world premieres of his very own Fourth and Eighth Symphonies as well as Das Lied von der Erde.
Although he rarely offered direct insight into any specific meaning behind his music, Mahler’s symphonies are characterised by the sense of a composer openly expressing his emotions regarding the great struggle of “life”. His epic second symphony, often referred to as The Resurrection Symphony, culminates in a spectacular final movement, complete with chorus, as the music passes though darkness to a place of redemption and elation.
Here is the entire amazing composition, as performed in Munich: