Czech Philharmonic releases Mahler's Second Symphony

The Czech Philharmonic presents Mahler's Second Symphony, the third CD in the Mahler cycle, produced in cooperation with the Pentatone label. The recording is receiving excellent reviews from critics and first listeners. Listen to it yourself!

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"The second symphony 'Resurrection' is inspired by the eternal question: 'Why are we here?' Its five movements show the cycle of life in all its struggles: suffering, joy, irony, humour, love and doubt... Throughout, however, it is faith that carries ultimate certainty."
— Semjon Bychkov

The Czech Philharmonic recorded Mahler's Symphony No.2 under the direction of its chief conductor and music director Semyon Bychkov. Soprano Christiane Karg and alto Elisabeth Kulman took the solo parts, accompanied by the Prague Philharmonic Choir.

Within the first few days of its release, the recording of the Second Symphony began to receive excellent reviews. The BBC, in its prestigious Record Review programme named the CD its Record of the Week. Complimentary reviews continue to follow from other media as well.

“After their majestic accounts of the fourth and fifth symphonies, the latter of which was our classical record of the year 2022, Semyon Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic’s Pentatone Mahler cycle turns to the Resurrection Symphony – and the results are just as enthralling. You marvel at the fresh depth and breadth that Bychkov and his players find within this towering work. The Russian-American conductor doesn’t labour over the funeral march, and in the shattering final movement he draws performances of exquisite balance, control and stillness. This is turning out to b eone of the truly great Mahler sets.”

— The Sunday Times

But the best review can't compare to the experience itself. You can now buy the CD in person in the Rudolfinum shop or online in our e-shop.

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