Boston Symphony Orchestra Performs Mahler's 'Resurrection'
Byline: Bill Gowen
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa, conductor
- Program: Mahler, Symphony No. 2 ("Resurrection")
- Where: Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
- When: 8 p.m. today
- Tickets: $15-$53. For availability or to order by credit card call (312) 435-6666
While the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and music director Daniel Barenboim complete their "East Meets West" mini-festival this weekend, there are a couple of other area orchestral concerts worth mentioning.
The first takes place tonight at Orchestra Hall when the Boston Symphony Orchestra and longtime music director Seiji Ozawa stop here during their current North American tour. The lone work on the program is Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2 in C Minor (the "Resurrection Symphony").
Ozawa has conducted this symphony frequently throughout his career and last summer received critical praise in the national media for his performance of the 80-minute work at Tanglewood (the BSO's summer home in Lenox, Mass.).
He will be joined on this occasion by the Chicago Symphony Chorus and soloists Heidi Grant Murphy (soprano) and Michelle DeYoung (mezzo-soprano).
The concert is part of the Lexus Great Performers Series produced by CSO/Allied Arts Presents.
The "Resurrection Symphony" was last heard here in August when Christoph Eschenbach chose the work to cap his first summer of concerts as the Ravinia Festival's music director.
Mahler worked on his second symphony off and on for several years, unable to find a suitable text to use as a basis for a desired choral final movement (loosely patterned after Beethoven's Ninth Symphony).
Finally, while attending the memorial service for the noted conductor Hans Von Bulow, he heard the choir sing Klopstock's hymn Aufersteh'n, which Mahler immediately realized was the solution he had sought for so long.
Although Bruno Walter had previously conducted the symphony's first three movements in concert a year previously, Mahler himself led the first performance of the completed symphony in Berlin in December 1895, which means it recently celebrated the centennial of its world premiere.
Performed infrequently until the late Leonard Bernstein took up Mahler's cause in the early 1960s, the "Resurrection Symphony" is now firmly entrenched in the standard symphonic repertoire. …