Jessica Duchen on Mahler’s Symphony No. 2

Jessica Duchen writes an interesting review of Simone Young conducting the LPO at the Royal Festival Hall in a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 ‘Resurrection’: Jessica Duchen’s classical music blog: Maaaghler

“What is life and what is death?” wrote Mahler, explaining the first movement. “Have we any continuing existence? Is it all an empty dream, or has this life of ours, and our death, a meaning?” He said: “My need to express myself musically begins at the point where the dark feelings hold sway, at the door which leads into the ‘other world’ – the world in which things are no longer separated by space and time.”

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