Mahler Symphony No. 3
Benjamin Zander, conductor
Susan Platts, mezzo-soprano
chorus pro musica
The Choristers of Saint Paul’s Choir School, Harvard Square
After 20 years, it is time once again for the BPO to perform Mahler's exalted paean to nature, the Third Symphony. It is the longest and most all-embracing of all his works. In it, he set out to express the essence of his relationship to nature. Visiting Mahler while he was composing the Third Symphony at his summer retreat, his young apprentice Bruno Walter took a moment to reflect on the astonishing mountain view. "You needn't stand staring at that,” Mahler crowed, “I've already composed it all!" In this vast and profound work for chorus, orchestra, and mezzo-soprano, you will hear it all—from exaltation to terror to union with the primal forces that surround us. Renowned mezzo-soprano Susan Platts returns to sing the poignant setting of Nietzsche's Midnight Song. -Benjamin Zander
There will be no intermission for this concert.
Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 3 - 99 minutes
"Platts's dark, fervent mezzo was perhaps the most superbly Mahlerian voice of the evening, emerging out of a full orchestra with a setting sun's warm glow" - Toronto Globe and Mail
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