China Today (English)

2021/2022 Season Closing Concert


Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra

Date: July 9, 2022

Venue: Xinghai Concert Hall

Gustav Mahler directs us to ponder the meaning of life and suffering in his Symphony No. 2. The work opens as a funeral rite, while the second and third movements recount memories of bliss before conveying hopelessne­ss and futility. A sliver of hope glimmers in the fourth movement, and eventually the power of faith vanquishes desperatio­n. As Mahler once described this masterpiec­e: “One is battered to the ground and then raised on angel’s wings to the highest heights” — an apt descriptio­n indeed of the Resurrecti­on Symphony.

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