Symphony No. 3 in D minor

Gustav Mahler - Cond. Mariss Jansons

Symphony No. 3 in D minor

Gustav Mahler

Symphony No. 3 in D minor

Mariss Jansons, Conductor
Bernarda Fink, Mezzo-soprano
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Boys of the Breda Sacrament Choir
Netherlands Radio Choir

Concertgebouw Amsterdam

Recorded in 2010

It is difficult to find a more unusual beginning for a symphony than the opening bars of Mahler's Third: Eight horns intone a theme in unison - half march, half folk song, not happy, but also not sad. It's like music before the beginning of civilization: iron, monolithic - almost sounding like a mountain range.

Mahler's Third Symphony is truly a work that breaks all boundaries. A much-cited statement by Mahler about his way of composing does not refer directly to this opus for nothing: "Symphony just means to me: to build a world with all the means available." It is actually a whole world that opens up to the listener in this gigantic score. For one thing, there is hardly a longer symphony in all of literature: Depending on the interpretation, it lasts between a good 90 and over 100 minutes. The cast is huge and includes a very large orchestra as well as a solo alto part and women's and boys' choirs. The large number of movement is also new: There are no fewer than six! And finally, Mahler's Third contains all sorts of musical genres - including those that otherwise have no place in a symphony: from simple folk-song melodies to the crude sounds of a marching brass band.