FULL Mahler: Symphony No.2 Resurrection Bergen 2022 Edward Gardner, Marita Sølberg, Tanja Ariane Baumgartner
Information on the Performance
- Work Title: Mahler: Symphony No.2 Resurrection or Auferstehung
- Composer: Mahler Gustav
- Libretto: Klopstock, Brentano Des Knaben Wunderhorn
- Venue & Opera Company: Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway
- Recorded: December 2, 2022
- Type: Concert Live
- Singers: Marita Sølberg, Tanja Ariane Baumgartner
- Conductor: Edward Gardner
- Orchestra: Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester
- Chorus: Bergen Filharmoniske Kor
- Chorus Master: Håkon Matti Skrede
- Stage Director:
- Costume Designer:
Information about the Recording
- Published by: Bergenphilive
- Date Published: 2022
- Format: Streaming
- Quality Video: 4 Audio:4
- Subtitles: nosubs
- Video Recording from: Bergenphilive     FULL VIDEO
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS PERFORMANCE
Mahler’s gigantic and monumental resurrection symphony addresses humanity’s great questions – life, death and the afterlife, faith and love. The visionary symphony moves from darkness to light, and from death to hope, to life and resurrection. “You are knocked to the ground and then lifted up to the highest peaks on angel wings”, the composer himself is said to have said of the work.
If Mahler doubted an all-powerful god, he perhaps believed more in the redemptive power of love. In a humanistic perspective, resurrection here can be understood as rising from the dead to enter and take part in the full life here and now.
The American conductor Leonard Bernstein chose Mahler’s Second Symphony precisely when the assassinated President Kennedy was to be remembered. Bernstein justified his choice by saying that we must not only pray for the resurrection of those we loved, but also for the mourners’ own hopes to live on. Alan Gilbert did the same when the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York in 2001 was marked.
Chief conductor Edward Gardner has massive forces at his disposal – large orchestra, two soloists, two choirs, church bells, organ and a separate ensemble behind the stage.