Resurrection Symphony

Fay Fox

At a time when renewal of hope is so important, WRTI is proud to rebroadcast the transcendent "Resurrection" Symphony of Gustav Mahler on Sunday, January 17th at 1 PM on WRTI, and Monday, January 18th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2.

A Symphony Bigger Than The World

Jul 30, 2015

The composer Gustav Mahler once said, “A symphony must be like the world. It must contain everything.” If that is so, then Mahler’s second symphony, the “Resurrection,” is bigger, even, than that. 

Mahler had already tackled big questions in an orchestral work, called Funeral Rites. He played it on the piano for Hans von Bülow, and the conductor said that it made Wagner's Tristan und Isolde sound like Haydn. Mahler turned Funeral Rites into the first movement of his Resurrection symphony.