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Mahler: Symphony No. 3
François-Xavier Roth and Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
Harmonia Mundi
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February 8, 2019

A masterpiece first played by the Gürzenich Orchestra

The premiere of Mahler’s Third Symphony took place in June 1902 in Krefeld (not far from Düsseldorf), but it was indeed the Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne which gave that first performance... greeted with acclaim – this was not always the composer’s experience with his masterpieces. Originally conceived as a hymn to Nature, in which the inert chaos of the opening movement is gradually left behind, the work calls for enormous forces (large orchestra, women’s choir, boys’ choir, and contralto soloist) and at each hearing leaves an unforgettable impression on the audience. Such was the case in October 2018, when François-Xavier Roth led the esteemed successors of the work’s first interpreters in this latest Mahler adventure.

  1. 1 Symphony No. 3, Part I: No. 1. Kräftig. Entschieden 32:08
  2. 2 Symphony No. 3, Part II: No. 2. Tempo di Menuetto. Sehr mäßig 8:56
  3. 3 Symphony No. 3, Part II: No. 3. Comodo. Scherzando. Ohne Hast 16:32
  4. 4 Symphony No. 3, Part II: No. 4. Sehr langsam. Misterioso. Durchaus ppp 8:51
  5. 5 Symphony No. 3, Part II: No. 5. Lustig im Tempo und keck im Ausdruck 4:17
  6. 6 Symphony No. 3, Part II: No. 6. Langsam. Ruhevoll. Empfunden 22:39
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