“Why have you lived? Why have you suffered? Is it all some huge, awful joke?” These are elemental questions that Gustav Mahler tries to come to terms with in his Second Symphony. He summons up impressive forces, with large chorus and orchestra and overwhelming explosions of sound. Yet grotesque humour and yearning solo voices are also found within this immense expressive spectrum. The conductor of this performance is Gustavo Dudamel, who has appeared regularly as a Mahler interpreter with the Berliner Philharmoniker since 2014 and thrills listeners with his enthusiasm and precision.