Prom 35 featured only the one piece, Gustav Mahler’s monumental Symphony No. 2 in C minor ‘Resurrection’. This really is a massive, epic symphony, and I don’t believe anyone wrote these properly big symphonies quite like Mahler did (think his Symphony No. 8 ‘Symphony of a Thousand’). It was the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus who performed this huge work, conducted by Mariss Jansons, along with soloists Genia Kühmeier and Gerhild Romberger.
Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony is so beautiful, it’s almost hard to describe. If you’ve never heard it, pop over to the BBC iPlayer website, and have a listen. The performance of this symphony in this Prom is fantastic, and the soloists, especially mezzo-soprano Gerhild Romberger, sung so beautifully.
The BBC Proms team on Twitter re-tweeted Daily Telegraph journalist Will Heaven’s comment that this work is one of the few that seem tailor-made for the massive spaces of the Royal Albert Hall, and indeed it does. This is the kind of music that the RAH was made for, and it sounded sublime via iPlayer, so I can only imagine it live, filling the RAH right to the back of the gallery (props to the BBC Radio 3 sound engineers too!).