83 ° Festival of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Wednesday 5 May 2021 at 8 pm, Maestro Myung-Whun Chung returns to the podium of the Maggio to conduct the Symphony n. 2 by Gustav Mahler.
Solo voices soprano Christiane Karg and mezzo-soprano Claudia Huckle.
Florence May 4, 2021 – The 83rd edition of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Festival continues on May 5, 2021 at 8 pm, with the return of maestro Myung-Whun Chung to the podium to conduct the Choir and Orchestra of the Maggio in Symphony no. 2 in C minor for solos, choir and orchestra, Resurrection, by Gustav Mahler with the solo voices of soprano Christiane Karg and mezzo-soprano Claudia Huckle. Choir Master: Lorenzo Fratini.
Maestro Myung-Whun Chung will go up again on the podium in May for another appointment of the symphonic section of the Festival, on 9 May 2021, dedicated to the composer Gustav Mahler: Symphony n. 9 in D major. The master’s last appointment in Florence was on the occasion of the 82nd May Festival, on 23 May 2019, for a program dedicated to Ludwig van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms. Solo voices in Mahler’s Symphony n.2 the soprano Christiane Karg, who recently made her debut on the Maggio stage during the Mozart Requiem conducted by Maestro Daniel Harding and the mezzo-soprano Claudia Huckle, who climbs for the first time on the Florentine stage.
No symphony occupied Mahler as long as the Second, a grandiose work with a complex gestation whose genesis spans six years, from 1888 to 1894. The first movement was made in 1888, the three central movements date back to the summer of 1893, while the he last and imposing movement is dated 1894. The five macro sections into which the Symphony n. 2 are therefore born separately and without a pre-established plan, which will take shape in the composer’s mind in the course of his work, unfolding in its entirety only a posteriori. If the first movement is in poetic continuity with the ending of Symphony n. 1 connecting to the figure of the hero, whose funeral Mahler is now celebrating, the three central movements are conceived by the author as moments of reflection on the experiences lived by the deceased. The problem for the composer was to find a Finale that closed the succession of different pages in a finished drawing. In 1894 Mahler had the solving idea by listening to the first lines of a choral hymn on Klopstock’s ode Die Auferstehung during the memorial ceremony for Hans von Bülow; the resulting illumination is immediate: his Second Symphony will end with a grandiose movement entrusted to the human voice, with the intervention of the solo voices and the choir.
Maestro Myung-Whun Chung’s concert will be recorded and, subsequently, streamed on the It’s Art platform which will debut on May 31, 2021.