Monday 28 Jul 2014, 7.45pmWorcester Cathedral, Worcester

Juraj ValĨuha conductor

Katherine Broderick soprano

Jennifer Johnston mezzo soprano

Three Choirs Festival Chorus choir

Mahler Symphony No. 2, Resurrection

Mahler’s Second Symphony, the ‘Resurrection’ Symphony, takes inspiration from the theme of death and rebirth.

This symphony begins as a kind of sequel to his First Symphony and is presented at the outset as a funeral rite for its young hero. Ever fascinated by the tales of Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Mahler based his third movement on one of his earlier settings of the German folk poems and then, again, adopted his setting of ‘Urlicht’ (‘Primeval Light’) for the fourth movement of his symphony with solo mezzo-soprano.

In the fifth and final movement of this epic symphony, Mahler arrives at a vision of life after death in which he sets the finale to the poem Die Auferstehung (‘Resurrection Ode’) which he had first heard performed at the funeral of Hans von Bülow, a conductor he hugely admired. 

This concert is part of the Three Choirs Festival series