Marin Alsop conducts Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony No. 2

Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra

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Janai Brugger — Soprano

Gerhild Romberger — Mezzo-soprano

Polish National Youth Choir

Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny — Artistic director

NFM Choir

Lionel Sow — Artistic director

Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra

Marin Alsop — Conductor

Program notes

"A symphony must be like an entire world — it should contain everything," said Mahler to Sibelius, revealing his all-encompassing approach to composition. Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 develops on this idea, challenging classical conventions with expanded instrumentation, including an organ and offstage brass and percussion ensemble. A turbulent musical journey awaits: the funereal first movement flows into a folk-inspired Andante, a striking Scherzo, a meditative Wunderhorn song ("Urlicht") for alto voice, and a dramatic and lengthy finale. The extraordinary Marin Alsop leads the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Polish National Youth Choir — joined by soprano Janai Brugger and mezzo-soprano Gerhild Romberger — in a magnificent rendition of the "Resurrection" Symphony, bringing new life into a composition founded on the beauty of redemption and renewal.

Photo © Radosław Kaźmierczak

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