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Mahler 2 – Sheffield

  • 07:00 PM
  • Sheffield City Hall, Barkers Pool, Sheffield, S1 2JA

Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ Symphony with Bruckner Orchester Linz
Mahler’s epic second symphony

This work is truly epic, offering up the composer’s apocalyptic vision of life, death and the hereafter. The work exemplifies Mahler’s innovative compositional approach, creating a “world of its own” in symphonic form.

Bruckner Orchester Linz spans 200 years of tradition and excellence. Mahler himself took his first professional conducting job just south of Linz in the summer of 1880. The Orchestra is joined by both the Leeds and Sheffield Philharmonic Choruses.

The highly dramatic first movement portrays a superman’s titanic struggle with fate. The second and third movements offer contrast, the text of the latter describing St Anthony’s sermon to the fishes. Then, as the orchestra falls silent, the alto soloist enters in magical fashion, the voice of religious faith.

Finally, voices, orchestra and organ combine in what could well be the most awe-inspiring vision of redemption and re-birth in all music.

Markus Poschner – Conductor

Brigitte Geller – Soprano

Theresa Kronthaler – Alto

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