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.    



In a special event funded by The Space, this concert will be live-streamed to audiences worldwide, from YouTube and Facebook Live, broadcast in partnership with the Guardian. The Live from London broadcast will start at 2.50pm on Sunday 1st October. 


This concert is part of the Salonen Series series

This concert is supported by the Mahler Syndicate