Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.3

The internationally acclaimed conductor returns to Southbank Centre for a second season, bringing his celebrated orchestra to perform Mahler's epic third symphony.

The symphony is a contemplation of the wonder and glory of nature, from primeval life stirring after the depths of winter to a grand finale with its vision of divine love in which, as Mahler explained, 'Nature in its totality may ring and resound'.

Mahler responded to the world around him, and in this piece we hear the dream-like sounds of meadow flowers, bells and voices, as well as the cuckoo and the nightingale singing.

The orchestra is renowned for its performances of Mahler, winning seven Grammy Awards for its Mahler cycle conducted by its musical director Tilson Thomas.

'As a Mahler conductor Mr Thomas has dramatic flair and deep feeling for the cultural and stylistic background of Mahler's music. Yet his performances are models of clear eyed musicianship and textual transparency.' (The New York Times)

'There aren't many musical sure bets these days as sure as a Mahler symphony from Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony.' (The San Francisco Chronicle)

This concert is broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 as part of BBC Radio 3 Live at Southbank Centre.

Performers

San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas conductor
Sasha Cooke mezzo-soprano
Ladies of the London Symphony Chorus
Choristers of St. Paul's Cathedral