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Season Two

Rise Again

Mahler's Second Symphony
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Available July 7, 2021

Listen to the Season 2 trailer here:

The podcast series Embrace Everything – The World of Gustav MahlerTM, a multi-season exploration of the composer’s complete symphonies, continues with Symphony No. 2.

The Embrace EverythingTM podcast series was created and is hosted by award-winning radio producer Aaron Cohen. It explores and celebrates the music of Gustav Mahler (1860–1911) by taking a journey through his symphonies. Using interviews with leading Mahler interpreters and scholars, readings from the letters of Mahler and his contemporaries, commentary from Mr. Cohen, and the sounds of the symphonies themselves, each season of the series guides listeners through one of these landmark works in the orchestral repertoire.

Season 2, consisting of five episodes, is available on all major streaming platforms. A special one-hour radio adaptation aired on New York’s WQXR and other stations across the United States the week of July 7, Mahler's birthday.

Season 2 focuses on Mahler’s Second Symphony in C minor (1888-1894), delving into Mahler’s gigantic musical exploration of life, death, and what lies beyond. Each episode is devoted to a movement of the symphony.

Stream the full episodes below, or wherever you get your podcasts.

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Season Two
Mahler's Second Symphony
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Episode 1: A Burning Denunciation of the Creator
Mahler’s Second Symphony begins with the funeral for the hero of his First Symphony. Read more »
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Episode 2: A Sunbeam into Your Soul
For his Second Symphony, Mahler created a second movement he described as a memory, “a ray of sunlight, pure and cloudless, out of the hero’s life.” Read more »
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Episode 3: Never Did a Sermon So Please the Fish
In the summer of 1893, Mahler wrote a song, entitled “St. Anthony of Padua’s Sermon to the Fish.” Read more »
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Episode 4: O Little Red Rose
The fourth movement of Mahler’s Second Symphony is a delicate song for mezzo-soprano and orchestra. Read more »
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Episode 5: With Wings I’ve Won for Myself
Mahler described the last movement of his Second Symphony, which includes two soloists and a chorus, as a colossal fresco of The Day of Judgement. Read more »
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Season One - Mahler's First Symphony
Season 1 focuses on Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 in D major (1888), taking listeners back to the work’s origins in the street songs, folk tunes, and bugle calls of Mahler’s childhood. Listen here »

The Cast of Season 2

• James Lurie as the voice of Gustav Mahler.
• Laura Gragtmans as the voice of Mahler’s friend and confidante, Natalie Bauer-Lechner.
• Robert Fass as the voice of Siegfried Lipiner.

• Kent Nagano, Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Hamburg State Opera and Philharmonic
• Michael Tilson Thomas, San Francisco Symphony and New World Symphony

• Carter Brey, Principal Cello, New York Philharmonic
• Austin Howle, Principal Tuba, Montreal Symphony Orchestra
• Matthew McDonald, Principal Bass, Berlin Philharmonic
• Emmanuel Pahud, Principal Flute, Berlin Philharmonic
• Michael Sachs, Principal Trumpet, Cleveland Orchestra

Music scholars:
• Caroline Kita, Washington University in St. Louis
• Christine Lee Gengaro, Los Angeles City College
• Marilyn McCoy, Columbia University, New York

Literature scholars:
• Charles Kraszewski, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
• Joanna Neilly, Oxford University

• Matthew Aucoin
• D.D. Jackson