According to management, BSO Music Director James Levine is scheduled to return to the podium on Oct. 7 with Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony — No. 2. It will feature the same performers as the performance conducted in Levine’s absence this summer by Michael Tilson Thomas, which was reviewed here.
Returning for this performance are soprano Layla Claire, mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, John Oliver, conductor. The BSO office tells us that this massive 85-minute-long symphony, which calls for an oversized orchestra in addition to the numerous vocal forces, will be presented without intermission.
The press release quotes Mahler on the cathartic final section of the symphony: “Rise again, yes, rise again thou wilt … Lo and behold: There is no judgment, no sinners, no just men, no great and no small; there is no punishment and no reward. A feeling of overwhelming love fills us with blissful knowledge and illuminates our existence.”