Why See Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra - Mahler's Resurrection?
a monumental piece
Sit back, relax and question the nature of existence with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as they take on Mahler's colossal second Symphony, otherwise known as the Resurrection Symphony. The most popular of the Czech composer's works during his lifetime, Resurrection is a sprawling work that glitters with beauty and ideas of life, death and the time after, taking the audience into a world of its own that will stay with you long after the last note is played.
Created between 1888 and 1884, the piece is an introspective yet passionate work that stemmed from the death of his friend, the conductor Hans Von Bulow. After hearing an extract from Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock's Die Auferstehung , where the dictum calls out "Rise again, yes, you shall rise again / My dust" he was compelled to begin his Resurrection, writing to a friend, "It struck me like lightning, this thing, and everything was revealed to me clear and plain."
James MacMillan Miserere
Mahler Symphony No. 2 in C minor, "Resurrection”"
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