Then & Now 12/13: Choral Resurrections
On this date in 1895, Gustav Mahler conducted the Berlin Philharmonic in the first complete performance of his own Symphony No. 2, known as the "Resurrection" symphony, as the work includes a choral setting of the "Resurrection Ode" of the 18th-century German poet Klopstock, but Mahler himself gave his symphony no such title. In a letter to his wife, Mahler confided that his Second Symphony "was so much all of a piece that it can no more be explained than the world itself."
Well, that Resurrection Symphony is certainly familiar to singers in the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, as they’ve performed that work along with other Mahler Symphonies through the years. The Chorale just finished a run of successful holiday concerts, and you get to hear some highlights right here on Classical WSMR! Listen as guest artistic director Doreen Rao leads the Master Chorale Ensemble Singers in an hour of holiday music based on the well-known holiday theme, “how brightly shines the morning star... ” recorded especially for Classical WSMR. It’s coming up this Friday afternoon at 3:00 and again Christmas morning at 9:00 on Classical WSMR 89.1 & 103.9.