Mahler worked on this symphony in Hamburg as musical director for the Hamburg State Opera – the same company for which Simone Young recently held the same position.
Popularly known as the Resurrection Symphony, it’s one of Mahler’s best known and most celebrated. A powerful, soul-shaking landscape of sound. A passionate and expansive journey that would eventually, in Mahler’s words, raise “to the highest heights.”
It’s a major endeavour and Mahler’s extraordinary use of voice adds an emotional intensity to the experience that delivers on his intentions. This is the perfect work to mark our return to one of the world’s most famous concert halls.
An exciting new work from First Nations composer William Barton also marks the spirit of the occasion and the site of our celebration.
WILLIAM BARTON Of the Earth*
Fifty Fanfares Commission
MAHLER Symphony No.2, Resurrection
*William Barton's Of the Earth was made possible through the Sydney Symphony Orchestra's 50 Fanfares Project and was commissioned by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, supported by Janet & Michael Neustein.
NICOLE CAR soprano
DEBORAH HUMBLE mezzo-soprano
SYDNEY PHILHARMONIA CHOIRS
THE SYDNEY CHILDREN’S CHOIR
GONDWANA INDIGENOUS CHILDREN’S CHOIR
Michelle DeYoung, who performed as soloist on Wednesday 20 July, is unable to appear for the remaining performances of Simone Young conducts Mahler 2, due to illness. We are extremely grateful to Deborah Humble for making herself available at short notice for these concerts.