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Andris Nelsons leads Mahler's Symphony No. 3 featuring mezzo-soprano Susan Graham

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The outstanding American mezzo Susan Graham joins Andris Nelsons, the BSO, and the women of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus for Mahler's Third Symphony, which, along with his Symphony No. 2, exemplifies the composer's ambitious expansion of the symphonic genre. This is the second of Mahler's trio of "Wunderhorn" symphonies (Nos. 2-4) employing text from the folk-poetry collection Des Knaben Wunderhorn. The six-movement symphony is divided into two parts. Part I is a massive, 30-plus-minute opening movement representing a Bacchic procession celebrating the arrival of summer. Part II (movements 2 through 6) is a series of character pieces representing the responses of, in turn, wild flowers, animals of the forest, mankind itself, angels, and the spirit of love.

Featured Performers & Ensembles

Andris   Nelsons, conductor Andris Nelsons, conductor Susan   Graham, mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano
Tanglewood Festival Chorus
Tanglewood Festival Chorus , (TFC)
James Burton, conductor
Children's Chorus
Program Notes Audio
MAHLER - Symphony No. 3