Mahler: Symphony No 2 (Resurrection)

Sunday 31 October 2021

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Led by our Music Director Garry Walker, the Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North, joined by British soprano Sophie Bevan, Anglo-German contralto Claudia Huckle, Leeds Festival Chorus and Leeds Philharmonic Chorus perform Mahler’s monumental work, Symphony No 2.

Mahler began work on his Second Symphony in 1888, but could not find a path to resolution until he heard a setting of Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock’s poem ‘The Resurrection’ at the funeral of his great ally, the conductor Hans von Bülow: “Rise again, yes, you shall rise again / My dust”.

“It struck me like lightning, this thing, and everything was revealed to me clear and plain”, wrote the composer. For the final, ecstatic movement, he added four verses of his own on the theme of redemption and resurrection to Klopstock’s text.

“The whole thing sounds as though it came to us from some other world. I think there is no one who can resist it. One is battered to the ground and then raised on angel’s wings to the highest heights.” — Gustav Mahler (1895)

The evening offers the perfect note on which to pause Leeds International Orchestral Season in its much-loved home, prior to the Town Hall’s extensive refurbishment.


Start time
Pre-concert talk by Carl Vincent at 5.15pm

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Mahler: Symphony No 2 (Resurrection)

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