Harrison Birtwistle Donum Simoni MMXVIII
Gustav Mahler Symphony No 2, ‘Resurrection’
NB no interval
Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Louise Alder soprano
Dame Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano
London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra
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Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change.
The end has come, and in the silence after the Last Trumpet, a solitary bird is the only sound heard on Earth. The ambition of Gustav Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ Symphony staggers the imagination – an emotional odyssey on a cosmic scale that embraces tenderness, rage, dark humour and – yes – the end of the world itself. Sir Simon Rattle was still a teenager when he conducted his first performance of Mahler’s Second Symphony, and it’s been a personal touchstone at every stage of his career. Now, as he prepares to step down as Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra, he pairs it with a short (but very personal) tribute from one of Britain’s most distinguished composers, the late Harrison Birtwistle.
Broadcast on BBC Four on Sunday 28 August
Top image: BBC Proms 2021 © Chris Christodoulou