classical music

Mahler's Resurrection Symphony

Part of Philharmonia at 75

Mahler’s monumental symphony is championed by the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Jakub Hruša.

Never one to shy away from a big idea, in his Resurrection symphony Mahler examines the meaning of life itself.

Throughout its 75 years the Philharmonia has given many outstanding performances of Mahler’s epic, all-embracing symphonies, led by some of the top conductors of the 20th and 21st centuries, from Karajan and Klemperer to Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Now our Principal Guest Conductor Jakub Hruša brings us his take on the great Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, scored for a large orchestra, two solo singers and chorus.

In his own programme notes for the premiere Mahler said that the first movement represents a funeral, with subsequent movements depicting happy memories, followed by the fear that life may have no meaning at all.

But reassurance comes from the soprano who sings ‘I come from God, and to God I shall return’, and in the monumental finale soloists and chorus affirm ‘O believe, you were not born for nothing!... With wings which I have won for myself, I shall soar upwards, I shall die in order to live.’

Performers

Philharmonia Orchestra
Jakub Hrůša conductor
Joelle Harvey soprano
Jennifer Johnston mezzo-soprano
Philharmonia Chorus

Repertoire

Mahler: Symphony No.2 (Resurrection)

Dates & times

20 Feb 2020
Approximate run time: 90 mins
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where

Royal Festival Hall

Pricing

£12 - £58
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

Multi-buy discount

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Multi-buy discount
Book multiple Philharmonia Orchestra events in the same transaction and receive a discount: 3 – 5 events (10% discount); 6 – 8 events (15% discount); 9 – 11 events (20% discount); 12 – 14 events (25% discount); 15 or more events (30% discount). Events must be in the 2019/20 season. This discount is not available on Premium seats or on the Philharmonia’s Christmas concerts on 12 and 15 December 2019.

Concessions

25% off (limited availability)
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need to know

Related events
The Clore Ballroom , Level 2, Royal Festival Hall at 6pm: Insights Talk: an introduction to the evening’s programme. Admission free.

Ticketing

Multi-buy discount
Book multiple Philharmonia Orchestra events in the same transaction and receive a discount: 3 – 5 events (10% discount); 6 – 8 events (15% discount); 9 – 11 events (20% discount); 12 – 14 events (25% discount); 15 or more events (30% discount). Events must be in the 2019/20 season. Please note these savings exclude Christmas concerts (12 & 15 December 2019) and The English Patient (5 June 2020). Not available on Premium seats.