Mahler by Mariss

Mahler: Symphony No. 3 in D minor

Composed 1893-96; revised in 1906
Recorded Live at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam on 3-5 February 2010

  • Performed by Bernarda Fink, mezzo soprano, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Choir, Boys of the Breda Sacrament Choir & Rijnmond Boys’ Choir; Mariss Jansons, conductor.

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is yet another orchestra that is presenting a Mahler cycle under the direction of its chief conductor Mariss Jansons. Following the releases of the First, Second, Fifth and Sixth Symphonies, the orchestra now turns its attention to the Third Symphony.

Jansons and the orchestra performed the Symphonies Nos. 2, 3 and 8 in the 2009–11 seasons as part of the full, chronological series of performances given by the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Gustav Mahler’s symphonies to commemorate Mahler’s 150th birthday and the 100th anniversary of his death. Mariss Jansons stands out in these performances with an astonishing ear for the minutest of details, and in his ability to present Mahler’s symphonies as a truly exciting experience.

Here are some press comments:
“… The strings, particularly in Mr. Jansons’s plangent reading of the finale, were rich-toned and supple, qualities matched by the remarkably focused woodwind and brass sections. And given Mahler’s penchant for explosive climactic writing (as often in mid -movement as in his endings), the ensemble’s percussionists were in their element.”
……………………………………New York Times

“… the brass playing, particularly from the horns, is a continuous joy, the strings are lush and opulent, and the woodwind solos are all distinctive…What makes Jansons’ reading distinctive is the rubato he introduces into the second and third movements…The orchestra are on top form, and the superior audio works to everybody’s benefit.”
………………………….Gavin Dixon, Classical Review, May 2011

Original Release Date: April 1, 2011

Tracks on this CD are:

Disc 1:

  • 1. Symphony No. 3 in D Minor: Kräftig, Entschieden (Der Sommer marschiert ein)

Disc 2:

  • 1. Symphony No. 3 in D Minor: Tempo di Menuetto. Sehr mässig (Was mir die Blumen auf der Wiese erzählen)
  • 2. Symphony No. 3 in D Minor: Comodo. Scherzando. Ohne Hast (Was mir die Tiere im Walde erzählen)
  • 3. Symphony No. 3 in D Minor: Sehr Langsam. Misterioso. Durchaus ppp: “O Mensch! Gib Acht!” (Was mir die Nacht erzählt)
  • 4. Symphony No. 3 in D Minor: Lustig im Tempo und keck im Ausdruck: “Es sungen drei Engel” (Was mir die Morgenglocken erzählen)
  • 5. Symphony No. 3 in D Minor: Langsam. Ruhevoll. Empfunden (Was mir die Liebe erzählt)

Here is a video of Mahler’s symphony Number 3, with Mariss Jansons conducting the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra:

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