Rafael Payare conducts Mahler's Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection" — With Dorothea Röschmann and Karen Cargill

Choir and Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

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Dorothea Röschmann — Soprano

Karen Cargill — Mezzo-soprano

Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal Choir

Andrew Megill — Chorus master

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

Rafael Payare — Conductor

Program notes

The inimitable Rafael Payare opens the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal's 2022-23 season with the world premiere of a new work by Austrian composer Thomas Larcher, as well as Mahler's monumental "Resurrection" Symphony No. 2—featuring the vocal talents of soprano Dorothea Röschmann and mezzo Karen Cargill!

Opening the program is the first-ever performance of Time, co-commission by the OSM, the San Diego Symphony, the NDR Radiophilharmonie, the Tonkünstler-Orchester and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the newest work by the innovative Larcher, whose "extraordinary, arresting, communicative music is one of this century's wonders" (The Times). Following the entr'acte, the OSM takes on one of the symphonic genre's most celebrated masterpieces: Mahler's 2nd. Spiritual and metaphysical in character, full of dramatic contrasts, and several years in the making, the work references age-old questions of life and death, grasping at the ineffable. Great dynamic forces and delicate softness alternate throughout, but the formidable final movement, which typically lasts over half an hour, concludes the symphony in an unforgettable apotheosis—a climactic release of tension "so tremendous," in the words of the composer, "that I don't know myself, now that it is over, how I ever came to write it."

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