Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 known (although not by the composer) as the “Resurrection Symphony” was written between 1888 and 1894 with a first performance in 1895. The symphony is in five movements and the chorus sings in the final movement only.
The symphony is written on a truly colossal scale with “the largest possible contingent of strings”. It also includes two solo voices, on this occasion the soprano Christiane Karg and also Anna Larsson.
A performance of this symphony is always a special event, but with Semyon Bychkov at the helm of the London Symphony Orchestra it promises to be something very special indeed. Mahler himself wrote of the piece, and in particular the last choral movement: “The increasing tension, working up to the final climax, is so tremendous that I don’t know myself, now that it is over, how I ever came to write it”.