Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2 has a significant connection to the Berlin Philharmonic. The composer himself led the first performance of this work with the orchestra in 1895, and it went on to become one of his most successful pieces with the public. The epic five-movement canvas explores a theme no less than that of death and resurrection.
This performance is led by Simon Rattle, a conductor with a long and well-documented history with Mahler's symphonies and especially the "Resurrection." He recorded it in 2010 with Berlin Philharmonic, where he has been principal conductor since 1999, and previously with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Completing the Austrian theme of tonight's program are three songs by Hugo Wolf.
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Sir Simon Rattle, Music Director and Conductor
Camilla Tilling, Soprano
Bernarda Fink, Mezzo-Soprano
Westminster Symphonic Choir
Joe Miller, Conductor
HUGO WOLF - "Elfenlied"
HUGO WOLF - "Der Feuerreiter"
HUGO WOLF - "Frühlingschor" from Manuel Venegas
GUSTAV MAHLER - Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, "Resurrection"