Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony is one of the grandest symphonies of all time. Scored for a gigantic orchestra, mixed chorus, and two female vocalists, it makes full use of the sonorities of such a large group with its sweeping gestures and majestic climaxes.
Iceland Symphony is Iceland's national orchestra. The orchestra was founded in 1950 and is one of the leading institutions on the Icelandic cultural scene. It has performed to great acclaim at international festivals and in concert halls, including the BBC Proms in 2014, as well as New York's Carnegie Hall and Vienna's Musikverein.
Osmo Vänskä, the Honorary Conductor of Iceland Symphony Orchestra, knows Mahler’s musical language better than most, having recently recorded this work with the Minnesota Orchestra.
The Motet Choir of Hallgrímskirkja stands at the forefront of Iceland’s rich choral tradition. The choir appears here in expanded form, as is appropriate for this enormous symphony.
The soloists on the programme come from the top ranks of vocal artists. Christiane Karg is a frequent guest at Covent Garden and La Scala and a two-time winner of Germany’s coveted Echo Klassik award. American mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke specialises in performing works by Mahler and has won a Grammy Award for her interpretation of his music.
The symphony will be broadcast live on Rás 1.
Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Soloists: Christiane Karg, Sasha Cooke
Choir: Motet Choir of Hallgrímskirkja Church