Mahler / Karg / Kulman / Czech Philharmonic - Symphony No. 2 | RECORD STORE DAY
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After critically-acclaimed recordings of Mahler's Fourth and Fifth Symphony, the Czech Philharmonic and Semyon Bychkov continue their Pentatone Mahler cycle with a rendition of the composer's Second, nicknamed "The Resurrection". They are joined by soprano Christiane Karg, alto Elisabeth Kulman and the Prague Philharmonic Choir. Starting with a funeral march, passing through the introspective alto song "Urlicht" and ending in choral bliss and euphoria, Mahler's Second is a deeply spiritual and personal contemplation on the secret of life and the possibility of overcoming death. For Bychkov, the symphony "shows the life cycle in all it's struggles: suffering, joy, irony, humour, love and doubt." The Czech Philharmonic is one of the world's most acclaimed orchestras, with a rich tradition of performing Czech masters and music from Central Europe. Semyon Bychkov has led the greatest orchestras of the world, and is Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Czech Philharmonic as of the 2018/2019 season. Orchestra and maestro released recordings of Mahler's Fourth and Fifth Symphony (both 2022) on Pentatone, kicking off a complete Mahler cycle. Elisabeth Kulman has participated on several Pentatone releases, while Christiane Karg makes her Pentatone debut.