On experiencing Niagara Falls Mahler is supposed to have observed ‘Fortissimo at last!’ Perhaps he’d forgotten the climax of his Resurrection Symphony! We team up with Bath Symphony Orchestra for a symphonic epic that is literally out of this world.
Mahler Symphony No. 2 ‘Resurrection’
Bath Symphony Orchestra
Bristol Choral Society
Eugene Monteith Conductor
The Forum, Bath
With ten horns, ten trumpets, three deep un-tuned bells, and ‘the largest possible contingent of strings’, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 isn’t for the faint-hearted. Then again neither is its subject which interrogates life, death and transcendence in a vast musical span that finally, ushered in by a hushed and magical mezzo solo, bursts orchestral bounds to include voices. When the choir steals in softly with ‘Aufersteh’n’, ‘Rise again’, time stands still; the ending, a blazing chorale of unmediated ecstasy, overwhelms. We’ve already sung the formidable ‘Symphony of a Thousand’ under Richard Hickox. Join us as the Mahlerian Odyssey continues.
Tickets £17. Students and under-18s £7. Available from The Forum Box Office on 0844 888 9991 or from The Forum’s website.