TSO conveys emotion of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2

Michael Vincent, Toronto Star

4 stars

Toronto Symphony Orchestra, with Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and guests. Peter Oundjian, conductor.

There may be no other piece in the canon of orchestral music that so completely covers the range of human emotion than Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, “Resurrection.”

And in the auspices of Arthur Erickson’s Roy Thomson Hall, a world within a world was formed Wednesday night.

Mahler’s “Resurrection” is unabashedly existential, a story anyone with a heartbeat will readily understand. It laughs, cries, wonders and decides. In an attempt to understand itself, it never ceases to keep moving forward. After 90 minutes, it’s an exhausting journey but will leave you all the better for it.spices of Arthur Erickson’s Roy Thomson Hall, a world within a world was formed Wednesday night. (…)

Singing with a singular voice, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir lined the balcony with impressive numbers. Rather than coming out for the fourth movement, they sat motionless until it was their turn to sing. But once they did, their voices filled the hall like the massive organ that loomed at their backs.

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