Tanglewood Online--BSO Encore Performances from Tanglewood: Mahler Symphony No. 3

Jul 30 2020

Tanglewood Online–BSO Encore Performances from Tanglewood: Mahler Symphony No. 3

BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons has an affinity for the grandest, most ambitious symphonic repertoire. Here he leads a stunning performance of Mahler’s biggest and most varied work, the Third Symphony, the second piece in the symphonic trilogy using text from the folk-poetry collection Des Knaben Wunderhorn (“The Boy’s Magic Horn”). The wonderful Susan Graham is the mezzo-soprano soloist in the fourth and fifth movements; she is joined by women’s chorus and children’s chorus in the fifth-movement Wunderhorn setting “Es sungen drei Engel” (“Three angels were singing”). The symphony explores the relationship among nature, humankind, and the spirit through movements with such titles as “What the Wild Flowers Tell Me,” “What the Angels Tell Me,” and, in the extended, gorgeous finale, “What Love Tells Me.”
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