On September 11 and 12, Rishon Lezion and Tel Aviv will host concerts of famous bands from Germany and Israel, from sister cities – Lublin, Munster and Rishon Lezion. We are waiting for a grandiose performance of the Second Symphony by Gustav Mahler by the Choir of the Catholic University of Lublin named after John Paul II and its soloists, the symphony orchestras of Munster and Rishon Lezion.
Like Dante, who was followed with cautious glances by the inhabitants of Ravenna (“he is scorched by the fire of Hell!”), the famous conductor and composer were also looked back on the streets of Vienna – “Mahler! ..”. But no one knew what storms under the crust of an outwardly prosperous career raged in the soul of this harsh man. And only his music could tell about his true life, hidden from prying eyes. But Mahler’s music caused only bewilderment among the sophisticated public.
By the end of the 19th century, few people understood his “new” music – critics mocked, the audience listened to Mahler’s symphonies with difficulty, with cold respect, but the students of the conservatory, who filled the hall during the first performance of the Second Symphony, were completely delighted. Everything turned out to be clear to the new generation of musicians – both the farewell to the naive illusions of youth and the solemn “funeral” of the hero of the previous symphony, the beautiful-hearted idealist, and “The great question: Why did you live? why did you suffer? Is this all just a big scary joke?
And today, after everything people have experienced, these questions posed by the Second Symphony again and again inexorably rise before us and require an answer – and the experience of Gustav Mahler is just as invaluable for us as it was a century and a half ago.
Tickets for the performance Rishon Lezion Symphony Orchestra – Mahler – Sunday can be bought at the Bravo Box Office! at Israelinfo portal
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