Please note: This concert is in the past and has already taken place.


Royal Festival Hall
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Rd



Gustav MahlerSymphony no.2 in C minor 'Resurrection'


Jaap van Zweden – Conductor
Elizabeth Watts – Soprano
Alice Coote – mezzo-soprano

London Philharmonic Orchestra
London Philharmonic Choir

Programme Note

Epic forces of choir and orchestra combine to perform Mahler's Symphony No. 2 - the Resurrection.

In 1894, Mahler attended the funeral of his friend, the conductor Hans von Bülow.

'The mood in which I sat there and considered the departed was altogether in the spirit of the work that was going around my head at the time', he later recalled.

That work was his Second Symphony, and when the organ struck up Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock's hymn 'The Resurrection', Mahler knew how his new symphony would end.

He created what is for many a supreme vision of human suffering, despair, hope and elation - a piece in which, Mahler said, 'you are clubbed down and then borne up to dizzy heights on angels' wings'.

Please note there will be no interval during this performance.

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