Sir Simon Rattle - Mahler: Symphony No. 2, 'Resurrection'


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For an unknown composer to write one vast symphony with no immediate prospect of performance might be regarded as a misfortune; to begin a second straight after it, as Oscar Wilde might have said, looks like carelessness. This, however, was precisely what Gustav Mahler did in 1888. He was developing a reputation as a conductor – after studies in Vienna and minor jobs in Prague and Kassel he had landed a plum post at the Leipzig Opera – but as a composer he remained a near-nobody. Ironically, his first composing success was with an opera that was not even his own: a reconstruction of Carl Maria von Weber’s Die drei Pintos premiered in Leipzig in January 1888. Thus emboldened, he embarked on his First Symphony. But he faced the same problem as all Austro-German symphonists of the era: how to cope with the legacy of Beethoven.

The problem was for Mahler even more acute, for he was a devoted Wagnerian to boot with a pilgrimage to Bayreuth already behind him, whose later productions of the music dramas would be hailed for both their spirit of innovation and their fidelity to the text. Wagner had famously declared that Beethoven’s Ninth signified the ‘end’ of the symphony, with music drama the only aesthetically valid genre of the future. As a nod to his friend Franz Liszt, however, Wagner had left open a metaphorical door for the symphonic poem, which is perhaps one of the reasons why this is what Mahler first called his new symphony. Upon its completion, he immediately sketched out a further ‘symphonic poem’, entitled Todtenfeier (‘Funeral rite’), though it was not until 1893 that he returned to it, made it the first movement of a ‘Second Symphony’, and finally called it thus.



1. Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, 'Resurrection': I. Allegro Maestoso
2. Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, 'Resurrection': II. Andante moderato
3. Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, 'Resurrection': III. In ruhig fliessender Bewegung
4. Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, 'Resurrection': IV. Urlicht. Sehr feierlich, aber schlicht
5. Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, 'Resurrection': V. Im Tempo des Scherzos. Wild herausfahrend
6. Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, 'Resurrection': V. Wieder sehr breit
7. Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, 'Resurrection': V. Ritardando...Maestoso
8. Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, 'Resurrection': V. Wieder zurückaltend
9. Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, 'Resurrection': V. Langsam. Misterioso
10. Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, 'Resurrection': V. Etwas bewegter
11. Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, 'Resurrection': V. Mit Aufschwung aber nicht eilen

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