Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 received its its premiere in Berlin on the night of Dec. 13, 1895 and far more than his first Symphony marked the start of his career as composer. It was also the composition that set hum on the path towards the large scale very individualistic compositions that are his hallmark. In many ways it reminds me of Beethoven’s ninth Symphony from the turbulence of its beginning to the vast amount of musical territory explored in the Symphony’s middle to its triumphant (and triumphalist) conclusion. I greatly enjoyed watching the Simón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela’s performance of it under Gustavo Dudamel at 2011 BBC proms and hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. If you want to know more about the Symphony the Kennedy Center has two excellent resources that are far better than anything I can write:
- Richard Freed’s magisterial Program note written for the performances given Apr. 3 – 5, 2008 (including text).
- A short video on the work which you can find here: Understanding the Music: Mahler – Symphony No. 2 in C minor ("Resurrection")
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