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Czech Philharmonic

Sunday, October 28, 2018 2 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
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Semyon Bychkov by Chris Christodoulou
Mahler’s epic Symphony No. 2 is a magnificent meditation on life, death, and the beyond. Scored for vocal soloists, chorus, organ, and colossal orchestra, its viscerally powerful music shapes a dramatic arc that begins with a funeral rite, looks back on life’s joys, aspires to the almighty in the gorgeous alto solo “Urlicht” ("Primal Light"), and is shattered by a depiction of the last judgment—including a harrowing march of the dead—before soaring heavenward in one of the most resplendent choral finales ever composed.

Part of: Mahler in Concert and Weekends at Carnegie Hall

Czech Philharmonic is also performing October 27.


Czech Philharmonic
Semyon Bychkov, Music Director and Chief Conductor
Christiane Karg, Soprano
Elisabeth Kulman, Mezzo-Soprano
Prague Philharmonic Choir
Lukáš Vasilek, Principal Conductor


MAHLER Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection"

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Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection” 

From its opening funeral march to its ecstatic closing hymn, Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony ponders issues of life and death on a cosmic scale. The subtitle, however, is not Mahler’s, who was ambivalent towards program music. The symphony has a special place in Carnegie Hall’s history: The composer conducted its US premiere at the Hall in 1908.

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