Mahler's Symphony No. 2 - Resurrection

7.30PM, Friday 21 October 2022

Festival Opera Presents: We Will Rise Again Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 – ‘Resurrection’

The Resurrection Symphony is an appropriate collaboration for the current turbulent times, taking the audience on an exhilarating and emotional journey through this moving piece, and reminding us of the importance of experiencing live music together as a community. This presentation features several of Hawke’s Bay’s finest musical organisations and groups, with renowned soloists. 

Written by Gustav Mahler and first performed in 1895, Resurrection swiftly followed his first symphony, which was in itself a titanic effort. Mahler stretched the symphonic form, both in length and emotional levels, for his second symphony and was possibly inspired by his experience attending the funeral of famous conductor Hans Von Bülow.

The first movement reflects mourning and darkness, leading progressively through the second and third movements to a more hopeful and victorious ending where the human voice reflects resurrection – surpassing obstacles and the call to the final judgement. 

“With wings that I have gained I will rise! You will rise, yes, you will rise again!”

Conducted by José Aparicio. In Association with Hawke’s Bay Orchestra and featuring members of Project Prima Volta, Napier Civic Choir, Hastings Choral Society, Hastings Boys High Choir, Iona Pure, and Taradale High School.

[Duration: 85 mins, No Interval]

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