Bath Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce a very special and exciting concert on Saturday 11th November 2017, 8.00pm, at The Forum, Bath, to mark the beginning of its 70th anniversary season. The orchestra will be performing Mahler’s epic Symphony No. 2 ‘Resurrection’ and will be joined by the highly acclaimed Bristol Choral Society.
Mahler’s second symphony is one of the most expansive symphonies ever written in terms of length, musical forces and harmonic boldness, which will make this concert a spectacular aural and visual experience for all. Mahler demands an orchestra of more than one hundred performers, two off-stage brass and percussion ensembles, an organ, two vocal soloists and a large choir that adds to the musical texture in the final movement. The enormity of the symphony makes it a rarely performed work – the audience is in for a treat!
Written in five movements, and spanning around 90 minutes in length, the symphony was influenced by Mahler’s interest in aspects of life and death, redemption, renewal and ultimately resurrection seen through an intense musical journey. However, the work is less religious and more existential in nature than the subtitle might imply.
The musical substance of the symphony heralds Mahler as one of the last great figures of late 19th century Romanticism who was also significant in driving forward the musical journey towards the new sound worlds of the 20th century.
As the orchestra celebrates 70 years of making music to the highest standards, join us at this rare opportunity to hear this vast and amazing symphony – a performance that is set to be an unmissable and memorable highlight of the musical year in Bath.