Symphony No.2 in C minor ('Resurrection')
The second highest of Mahler's 5 entries in the Ultimate Hall of Fame. This reached its highest position of number 56 in 2000.
Not content with stretching the orchestra to its limit, Mahler clearly fancied a challenge when composing his Symphony No. 2 in the late 1800s. His triumphant symphonic debut, the Titan, had called for many more instruments than was the norm, so for his follow-up he decided to go one step further. The gargantuan symphony orchestra would remain, but alongside it was placed an organ, an offstage brass ensemble, and some church bells.
And a choir. A very large choir.
And, to round things off, some soloists. It's little wonder that, whenever the Resurrection Symphony is performed, it's the only work on the programme.
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