Ulster Orchestra - Rustioni Conducts Mahler's Resurrection
Daniele Rustioni - Conductor
Ruby Hughes - Soprano
Kai Rüütel Mezzo - Soprano
Belfast Philharmonic Choir
Mahler Symphony No. 2 Resurrection
Gustav Mahler wanted his Second Symphony to exceed any known format – and he also wanted it to tackle the key questions of existence. It is one of the largest symphonies ever written, in terms of forces, length and harmonic scope.
In the first movement Mahler wrestles with funereal thoughts. In the second, we glimpse his masterful skill for nature-painting, while the third is best-known and celebrated for that apocalyptic crescendo known as the 'death shriek'.
In the fourth, we are presented with what is at heart a lied, an art song, and its text is drawn from Des Knaben Wunderhorn, a poetic collection to which the composer returned repeatedly during his career.
Finally, in the apocalyptic fifth movement, the chorus and soloists combine in a tremendous hymn on the theme of ‘resurrection’ – the rebirth of the individual into immortal triumph.