Mahler Symphony No 3 (2008)

Mahler

London Symphony Orchestra

Valery Gergiev

’It’s all very well, but you can’t call that a symphony’ – William Walton’s brusque dismissal of Mahler’s Third Symphony may strike some readers as provincial today, but there was a time when many musically minded people would have agreed with him. After the symphony’s 1904 Viennese première, a critic stated that Mahler ought to be sent to jail for perpetrating such an insult to the intelligent listener. Yet amid the scandalised, outraged comments one can find equally impassioned praise. After hearing that same 1904 Viennese performance, the young Arnold Schoenberg (who had at first been hostile to Mahler) told the composer that the symphony had revealed to him ’a human being, a drama, truth, the most ruthless truth!’. It isn’t hard to see why the Third Symphony should provoke such extreme reactions. In concept – and in some of its content – it is Mahler’s most outrageous work. The forces may be smaller (slightly!) than those used in the ’Resurrection’ Symphony (No 2) or the so-called ’Symphony of a Thousand’ (No 8), but in other respects it is incredibly ambitious. Mahler is quoted as saying that ’the symphony must be like the world. It must embrace everything’ – in which case the Third is his most ’symphonic’ work. ’Just imagine a work of such magnitude that it actually mirrors the whole world’, Mahler wrote to the singer Anna von Mildenburg. ’My [third] symphony will be something the like of which the world has never heard!’. In this music, he wrote, ’the whole of nature finds a voice … some passages in it seem so uncanny that I can hardly recognise them as my own work’.

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London Symphony Orchestra

The LSO was formed in 1904 as London’s first self-governing orchestra and has been resident orchestra at the Barbican since 1982. Valery Gergiev became Principal Conductor in 2007 following in the footsteps of Hans Richter, Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Thomas Beecham, André Previn, Claudio Abbado and Michael Tilson Thomas, among others. Sir Colin Davis had previously held the position since 1995 and from 2007 became the LSO’s first President since Leonard Bernstein. The Orchestra gives numerous concerts around the world each year, plus more performances in London than any other orchestra. It is the world’s most recorded symphony orchestra and has appeared on some of the greatest classical recordings and film soundtracks. The LSO also runs LSO Discovery, its ground-breaking education programme that is dedicated to introducing the finest music to young and old alike and lets everyone learn more from the Orchestra’s players. For more information visit lso.co.uk

Valery Gergiev

Valery Gergiev is Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Stars of the White Nights Festival (St Petersburg), the Moscow Easter Festival, the Gergiev Rotterdam Festival, the Mikkeli International Festival, and the Red Sea Festival in Eilat, Israel. His inspired leadership as Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre since 1988 has brought universal acclaim to this legendary institution. Born in Moscow, he studied conducting with Ilya Musin at the Leningrad Conservatory, won the Herbert von Karajan Conductors’ Competition aged 24, and made his Mariinsky Opera debut one year later conducting Prokofiev’s War and Peace. In 2003 he led St Petersburg’s 300th anniversary celebrations, and opened the Carnegie Hall season with the Mariinsky Orchestra,the first Russian conductor to do so since Tchaikovsky conducted the Hall’s inaugural concert in 1891. Valery Gergiev’s many awards include a Grammy, the Dmitri Shostakovich Award, the Golden Mask Award, People’s Artist of Russia Award, and France’s Royal Order of the Legion of Honour. His vast discography includes Russian operas, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky Symphonies, and numerous discs on the LSO Live and Mariinsky labels, including a Mahler Symphony cycle, Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle, Wagner’s Parsifal, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and a disc of Debussy’s music.

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Mahler Symphony No 3 (2008)

Mahler

London Symphony Orchestra

Producer: James Mallinson
Recording Engineer: Neil Hutchinson, Jonathan Stokes - Classic Sound
Recording location: The Barbican London
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Symphony No 3: Part 1: i: Kräftig. Entschieden
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Symphony No 3: Part 2: ii: Tempo di Menuetto. Grazioso
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Symphony No 3: Part 2: iii: Comodo. Scherzando. Ohne Hast
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Symphony No 3: Part 2: iv: Sehr langsam. Misterioso.
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Symphony No 3: Part 2: v: Lustig im Tempo und keck im Ausdruck
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Symphony No 3: Part 2: vi: Langsam. Ruhevoll. Empfunden
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