Playing in THE ORIGINAL.
Featuring an exclusive video introduction by Sir Humphrey Burton, recorded at the time of the performance's 45th Anniversary.
Ahead of our screenings of Bradley Cooper's impressive biopic of composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein - Maestro - we have pleasure in presenting an exclusive 4K restoration of Bernstein's recording of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in C minor (Resurrection).
Directed by Sir Humphrey Burton, this 90-minute powerhouse features Sheila Armstrong (soprano), Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano), the Edinburgh Festival Chorus and the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bernstein at Ely Cathedral in 1973.
The leading Mahler interpreter of the time, Bernstein recorded all of Mahler's symphonies between 1971 and 1985, producing a unique musical document and triggering a major reappreciation of Mahler's works. "All Mahler symphonies, all Mahler works for that matter, deal in extremes, extremes of dynamic, of tempo, of emotional meaning. When it is bare, it's extremely bare, when it is thick and rich, it's thicker and richer than anything in 'Götterdämmerung', and when it is suffering it suffers to a point that no music has ever suffered before." (Leonard Bernstein)
Special thanks to Tim Burden for initiating this screening.
Director: Sir Humphrey Burton
Cast: Leonard Bernstein, Edinburgh Festival Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra
Running Time: 90 minutes