Mahler - Symphony no.3 | BR Klassik 900149

Mahler - Symphony no.3

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Label: BR Klassik

Cat No: 900149

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Release Date: 13th January 2017

Contents

Artists

Gerhild Romberger (mezzo-soprano)
Augsburger Domsingknaben
Frauenchor des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Conductor

Bernard Haitink

Works

Mahler, Gustav

Symphony no.3 in D minor

Artists

Gerhild Romberger (mezzo-soprano)
Augsburger Domsingknaben
Frauenchor des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Conductor

Bernard Haitink

About

Gustav Mahler’s Third Symphony still ranks today as one of the greatest and most powerful creations of the Late Romantic period. The huge symphony, longer and more monumental than the others and containing texts from the collection of poems by Clemens Brentano and Achim von Arnim entitled Des Knaben Wunderhorn, was composed over a period of four years from 1892 to 1896, and especially during the summers of 1895 and 1896, which Mahler spent at the Attersee in Austria. Following performances of several individual movements of the symphony, the complete work was premiered on 9 June 1902, at the 38th “Tonkünstler Festival” in Krefeld. Mahler conducted the Städtische Kapelle Krefeld and Cologne’s Gürzenich Orchestra at this exciting event. It was one of his greatest successes, and his contemporaries were deeply impressed. Between 1902 and 1907, the composer conducted his Third Symphony a further 15 times.

Of the six powerful movements, the slow fourth one requires not only a large orchestra but also a mezzo-soprano solo for a setting of the “Midnight Song” (“O Man! Take heed!”) from Friedrich Nietzsche's poetical-philosophical Thus Spoke Zarathustra, while in the cheerful fifth movement the mezzo-soprano soloist is joined by a children’s choir and a female chorus for the song “Es sungen drei Engel” from Des Knaben Wunderhorn. The symphony is a huge challenge for all its performers, and this concert recording of June 2016 has a prestigious line-up: guest conductor Bernard Haitink with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Augsburger Domsingknaben and the Frauenchor des Bayerischen Rundfunks; the solo parts are sung by Gerhild Romberger.

Reviews

... this is a perfect beauty of a performance, natural sound matching natural evolution and every solo perfectly intoned: too often we forget that the Bavarian orchestra is up there with the best in Vienna, Berlin and Amsterdam. ... The flowers of the field and the beasts of the forest are if anything sprightlier than ever before; there’s great mystery in the low string rockings and the expressive colours of mezzo Gerhild Romberger in the setting of Nietzsche’s ‘Midnight Song’.  David Nice (Orchestral Choice)
BBC Music Magazine May 2017
BBC Music Magazine Award Winnner 2018

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