Sunday 1 Oct 2017, 3pmRoyal Festival Hall, London
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Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
Michelle DeYoung mezzo soprano
Philharmonia Voices (Ladies) choir
Tiffin Boys' Choir choir
Mahler Symphony No. 3
The first of five Mahler symphonies this season: written beside an Austrian mountain lake, Mahler’s Third Symphony forms an epic, six-movement ode to the natural landscape, where ‘nature acquires a voice and tells profound secrets’. Mahler’s sound-world is all-encompassing.
Flowing from the intense summer heat of the first movement’s driving fanfares and marches, the third movement journeys to a moonlit forest before a descent in the fourth into darkness, its eerie rocking motif ushering in a haunting mezzo-soprano solo. Finally, the music breaks out onto Mahler’s vision of heaven in a staggering slow movement, its immense final bars issuing thundering timpani to bring everything on earth to a triumphant standstill.