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Overview

The title Resurrection has erroneously led to the inference that Mahler composed this symphony on a religious impulse. While it is certainly true that the inspiration for the choral finale came to Mahler in the course of a church service he attended, he specified that the symphony is actually an extension of, or sequel to, the personal narrative represented in his First Symphony. It is thus a more personal, and yet hardly less universal, concept of “resurrection” that Mahler undertook to convey in this music, characteristic of his own vision of human aspiration and idealism which informs so many of his works, and particularly those of his Wunderhorn period.

It is the largest symphony ever made in terms of forces, length and harmonic boldness – monumental chords are not uncommon, used to astonishing effect throughout and leading inexorably to its apocalyptic finale. By contrast, the textures of Ligeti’s Lontano are made up of shifting, drifting clouds of sound created by multiple statements of the same line at different speeds. Meaning “distant” the title indicates a sense of changing perspectives and the overall low dynamic level makes the whole piece sound like it is coming from a distance before disappearing at the end beyond the limits of hearing. 

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