“If I were staying longer, I would certainly have liked to do some more Mahler”, Philippe Jordan stated when introducing the programme of the Wiener Symphoniker estra for the 2019-20 season to the public. Still, now, two of the greatest works of the late romantic will be included in the programme of Jordan’s last season with the Orchestra. So, along with the richly orchestrated Symphony No. 8, there will also be, as a farewell, Symphony No. 2 in C minor, bearing the epithet “Resurrection Symphony”, as its finale is based on the poem “Die Auferstehung [The Resurrection]” by Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock.
Due to its length and extensive line-up with large orchestra, offstage orchestra, organ, bells, large choir and two vocal soloists, the work is rather seldom performed. Still, Symphony No. 2 is a central work in Mahler’s oeuvre.