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Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 3


Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 in a live recording from 2010 with Nathalie Stutzmann, the Bavarian Radio Chorus and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under the direction of Mariss Jansons is being released on 2 CDs to mark the 75th anniversary of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

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 June 9, 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 December 2010 has a prestigious line-up: Mariss Jansons with his Chor and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Tölzer Knabenchor and the solo parts are sung by Nathalie Stutzmann.

Nathalie Stutzmann altus

Tölzer Knabenchor
Ralf Ludewig
chorus master

Bavarian Radio Chorus
Michael Gläser
chorus master

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Mariss Jansons conductor

Total Time: 97’31 minutes

  • Interpretation of Mahler’s Third Symphony – Mariss Jansons conducts the Chor and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
  • Exciting live atmosphere of the Munich Philharmonie im Gasteig
  • Recording of the Munich concert events of December 8-10, 2010
  • Interpreted by a world-class orchestra under the proven Mahler connoisseur Jansons, who sadly passed away far too early in his career