Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony on Symphony @ 7

Gustav Mahler at the time of his First Symphony(Photo: Wikipedia)
Gustav Mahler at the time of his First Symphony(Photo: Wikipedia)

If you enjoyed Gustav Mahler’s Song of the Earth at the Ohio Theater this past weekend, or even if you didn’t make it to that event, we have a really big Mahler work this evening on Symphony @ 7, his Symphony No. 2, Resurrection.

This gargantuan work, lasting nearly an hour-and-a half, was first performed in 1895, and along with his Symphony No. 8, Symphony of a Thousand, was his most popular piece during his lifetime.  I’ve written a bit more about the Resurrection Symphony in a blog post from last year, but suffice it to say that if you enjoy musical journeys from darkness to light on a truly grand scale, tune in at 7 pm.

This evening’s performance of music about the existential quest to find meaning in life comes from a recent recording with Alan Gilbert conducting the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, soloists, and chorus during the 1011-2012 concert season.

Here’s the final portion, which begins very quietly, of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Resurrection from one of the greatest Mahler conductors today, Claudio Abbado.

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