Mahler: Symphonie No. 2 »Ressurection«

The recording of Mahler’s Second Symphony was made during the opening concerts of Valery Gergiev’s first season as Music Director of the Munich Philharmonic.

The Munich Philharmonic had an especially close relationship with Gustav Mahler and has long been associated with his music. Mahler conducted the Munich Philharmonic at the world premieres of his very own Fourth and Eighth Symphonies.

Although he rarely offered direct insight into any specific meaning behind his music, Mahler’s symphonies are characterised by the sense of a composer openly expressing his emotions regarding the great struggle of “life”. His epic second symphony, often referred to as The Resurrection Symphony, culminates in a spectacular final movement, complete with chorus, as the music passes though darkness to a place of redemption and elation.

For this astonishing recording, Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic are joined by soprano Anne Schwanewilms and mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina, as well as the magnificent Munich Philharmonic Choir.

VALERY GERGIEV, conductor
ANNE SCHWANEWILMS, soprano
OLGA BORODINA, mezzo-soprano
MÜNCHNER PHILHARMONIKER
PHILHARMONISCHER CHOR MÜNCHEN (ANDREAS HERRMANN, chorus master)

RECORDING DATES: 16-20 September 2015
RECORDING LOCATION: Philharmonie im Gasteig, Munich

PRODUCER: Johannes Müller
BALANCE ENGINEER: Christiane Voitz
EDITING: Johannes Müller
MASTERING: Christoph Stickel
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Münchner Philharmoniker
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER FOR BR KLASSIK: Pauline Heister