Mahler: Symphony No. 3

Mahler: Symphony No. 3

by Benjamin Zander
     
 

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Opinions differ on how to interpret Mahler's "Symphony No. 3," a work of such convoluted material, extreme contrasts, and immense proportions that it inevitably invites disagreements. But few can deny that Benjamin Zander has elicited a brilliant performance from the Philharmonia Orchestra, or that his

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Opinions differ on how to interpret Mahler's "Symphony No. 3," a work of such convoluted material, extreme contrasts, and immense proportions that it inevitably invites disagreements. But few can deny that Benjamin Zander has elicited a brilliant performance from the Philharmonia Orchestra, or that his reading is thoughtful and provocative in the best sense. Zander makes a convincing case for reviving Mahler's original mystical program, and reveals the High Romantic side of the composer, with all his conflicting characteristics combined in a splendid paean to Nature. This intensely focused performance is informed by an acute awareness of Mahler's stated intentions; of motivic correspondences between movements; of external influences, both musical and cultural; and, most importantly, of the explicit directions in the score that give the work its vivid timbral distinctions. Zander delivers the symphony with color, passion and a sense of authority, and all its warring elements cohere into a unified whole. Lilli Paasikivi, heard in the fourth and fifth movements, is wonderfully controlled, and the women's and boys' choruses are bright and angelic. Telarc's sound is breathtaking, so volume should be set at a safe level to avoid surprises. A fascinating spoken word CD comes with the set, wherein Zander explains the symphony's development and historical context with appealing enthusiasm.

Editorial Reviews

BBC Music Magazine
This is a passionate, full-blooded interpretation of the six-movement No. 3, eloquently expounding the work’s extraordinary polarities of mood and style.
Fanfare - Raymond Tuttle
I don't think that anyone who admires Mahler's music can afford to do without this new recording.... I feel that Zander...has given us a Mahler Third like no other, and has taken his Telarc Mahler series to a new peak.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/24/2004
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408059926
catalogNumber:
80599
Rank:
281967

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Tracks

  1. Symphony No. 3 in D minor  - Gustav Mahler  - Benjamin Zander  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Simon Toyne  -  Ladies of the London Philharmonic Choir  -  Tiffins Boy Choir  - Alastair Mackie  - Lilli Paasikivi  - Brian Fulcher  - Anilda Carrasquillo  - Friedrich Nietzsche  -  Robert Woods
  2. Benjamin Zander discusses Mahler's Third Symphony (spoken word)  - Spoken Word  - Friedrich Nietzsche  - Anilda Carrasquillo  -  Robert Woods  - Benjamin Zander

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