Coronavirus in the Canary Islands: Mahler's Resurrection Symphony unites this quarantine with the Philharmonic, Garanca and Chichon - La Provincia


The Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra has joined the great mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca and the teacher Karel Mark Chichon to record, all from their homes and with their own means, a video with a selection of Mahler's Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection" in the middle of the period of confinement due to the state of alarm caused by the crisis of Covid-19 and that can be seen through the social networks of the symphonic ensemble of Gran Canaria Council.

Nothing less than 79 OFGC instrumentalists, together with the organist Angel Hortas, who has made his recording from the magnificent symphonic organ of the Cathedral of Jerez de la Frontera, have agreed to participate in this initiative conceived by the Chichon Master to offer, through a universal language such as Music, a message of hope to the world, in these difficult times of quarantine in Spain.

Chichon has chosen the Resurrection Symphony aware that this is not only an artistic and technical challenge of the highest level for musicians and conductor, but also because of the perfect fusion between the orchestra and the human voice and the deep meaning of its transcendent message, thus recording that in Canary Islands human improvement and our culture are above all.

To address the magical words of faith in eternal life of the lied Urlicht (Pristine Light) on which this Mahlerian creation gravitates, the extraordinary participation of the mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca, who has performed her corresponding part from her residence in the province from Malaga.

The making of the video has managed to overcome some difficulties of a technical nature in the most severe week of the state of alarm, obtaining some instruments that are hardly found in domestic environments, such as the timpani, or the complicated videographic assembly and synchronization process carried out with great brilliance by coach Toni Hernández Marrero.

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