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NOSPR / Alsop / Polish National Youth Choir / Mahler’s "Resurrection" Symphony - NOSPR

NOSPR / Alsop / Polish National Youth Choir / Mahler’s "Resurrection" Symphony

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Tickets: 53-150 zł
Radosław Kaźmierczak
Performers
Marin Alsop – conductor
Janai Brugger – soprano
Gerhild Romberger – mezzosoprano
Polish National Youth Choir
Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny – artistic director of the Polish National Youth Choir
Lionel Sow – artistic direction of the NFM Choir
Program
Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 2 in C minor (‘Resurrection’)

A symphony as a world in its own right, a whole separate cosmos – this is a very Mahlerian idea. A symphony is a separate entity in the metaphysical sense, yet it is simultaneously also a world oddly related to our intuition, a world in which questions very close to human existence are asked. Gustav Mahler forms the questions on our behalf: “Why are we alive? Why do we suffer? Is all this some enormous, terrible joke? – We must answer these questions somehow, if we are to live on – nay, if we are but to die! Someone who has heard this call, even if only once in their lifetime, must find an answer. And it is this answer that I give in the final movement. The second and the third movement are to serve as an interlude, the second one is a memory! A ray of sunlight, clear and cloudless, beaming from the hero’s life.”

The Resurrection title of the 2nd Symphony is not due to Mahler, and the piece is not a manifestation of Christian faith. The composer’s answer is more universalist than ecumenical in its spirit. It gives hope for a spiritual cleansing and redemption, although it is a voice coming from a human being torn by contradictions and doubt – as most of us are. It leads from ceremonies of mourning to sublime choral singing with words by Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock and the composer himself – a conclusion which brings hope: “Life immortal shall be given to you by Him who has called you thereto.”

Andrzej Sułek

Concert duration: approximately 80 minutes 

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