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Mar 18

Jakub Hrůša conducts Mahler

Abo A
Bamberg, Konzerthalle, Joseph-Keilberth-Saal
20:00 Uhr

»When the spirit becomes music, philosophy becomes feeling.« (Bettina von Arnim) With our thoughts on Holy Week, soon upon us, we storm celestial spheres in a passionate work by that symphonic philosopher, Gustav Mahler. To set the mood, we start with a piece written in 1987 for Pope John Paul II by Henryk Górecki, who was convinced that composing »always needs a divine spark«. Mahler’s symphonies are clearly about the forces of nature, about things eternal and final: »Imagine the Universe beginning to sound and ring. These are no longer human voices but planets and suns in their orbits.« Among his symphonies which double as statements of a world view is the second, premiered in 1895 and nicknamed the »Resurrection Symphony«. This mighty symphonic fresco invokes universal human questions of death and resurrection – and introduces the human voice as the »ultima ratio« of musical metaphysics. Mahler gave the stirring first movement the title »Totenfeier« (»Funeral Rite«); the second is full of jaunty ländler tunes, while the following Scherzo reworks one of his Wunderhorn songs, about St. Anthony preaching in vain to fishes – until the vocal »Urlicht« movement emerges and builds to a peak of fervent prayer: »I am from God and must return to God.« The finale opens with wild outbursts and an extra off-stage orchestra, sounding what Gustav Mahler called the »great call«. But then, as if from another world, rises Klopstock’s Resurrection Ode: »I shall die, so that I may live!« – one of the most enthralling passages in all of Mahler’s symphonies!

Jakub Hrůša Conductor
Simona Šaturová Soprano
Bernarda Fink Alto
Tschechischer Philharmonischer Chor Brno
Petr Fiala Chorus Master

Henryk Górecki »Totus tuus« op. 60 für gemischten Chor a capella
Gustav Mahler Symphonie Nr. 2 c-moll für Sopran und Alt solo, Chor und Orchester »Auferstehungssymphonie«