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Rustioni Conducts Mahler's Resurrection

The only way to experience Mahler's incredible Symphony - live in the Ulster Hall!

  • Composer


  • Conductor

    Daniele Rustioni

  • Soloists

    Ruby Hughes, Kai Rüütel. Belfast Philharmonic Choir

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Event Details


29 May 2020 19:45


Ulster Hall - Belfast

Mahler - Symphony No.2 Resurrection

Gustav Mahler wanted his Second Symphony to exceed any known format – and he also wanted it to tackle the key questions of existence.

“Why have you lived? Why have you suffered? Is everything just one enormous, terrible joke? We have to solve these questions in some way if we want to carry on living,” said the composer.
It is the largest symphony ever written, in terms of forces, length and harmonic boldness. In the first movement Mahler wrestles with funereal thoughts. In the second, we glimpse his masterful skill for nature-painting, while the third is best-known and celebrated for that apocalyptic crescendo known as the 'death shriek'.

In the fourth, we are presented with what is at heart a lied, an art song, and its text is drawn from Des Knaben Wunderhorn, a poetic collection to which the composer returned repeatedly during his career. Finally, in the apocalyptic fifth movement, the chorus and soloists combine in a tremendous hymn on the theme of ‘resurrection’ – the rebirth of the individual into immortal triumph.
It’s an incredible journey, and one that is only truly experienced in a live performance, where you can feel the air shake. If you only know it from recordings, you haven’t really heard it at all – so join us as Daniele Rustioni, Ruby Hughes, Kai Rüütel, the Ulster Orchestra and Belfast Philharmonic Choir conclude the 2019/20 Season by giving their all to some of the most visionary music that Mahler ever composed. 



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