Mariss Jansons leads the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Ricarda Merbeth, Bernarda Fink and the Netherlands Radio Choir in Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2. A vast work about death, redemption and resurrection.
Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, known as the ‘Resurrection Symphony’, is a vast work, lasting almost an hour and a half, and commanding a full orchestra, with extra brass, extra bells, a full choir, soprano and contralto soloists, and a ‘Fernorchester’ – a small extra orchestra outside the concert hall. With his Second Symphony, Mahler reached the limits of what a symphony can do – and then he crossed them. He had to: he was trying to express the most august concepts, and ‘mere notes would not suffice’.
Mariss Jansons was chief conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra from 2004 to 2015. Their alliance was unprecedented and intensive, which instigated world-wide recognition. Mariss Jansons has been music director of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2003. He has made numerous appearances throughout the world as a guest conductor of the Berlin, the Vienna and the London Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as the leading orchestras in the United States.