9th Symphony Concert //
Conductor: Patrik Ringborg
Soloist: Katarina Karneus, mezzo-soprano
boy´s choir of the Jenaer Philharmonie
ladies of the chamber choir of the Hochschule für Musik FRANZ LISZT Weimar
Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 3 d-minor for alto, boy´s choir, female choir and orchestra
»No, the symphony must be like the world. It must embrace everything«, Mahler claimed. And indeed, his symphonic works embrace an entire cosmos. The 3rd symphony is his most elaborate, or as he once described it, »an instrument upon which the universe plays«. Although Mahler no longer wanted the programmatic titles included in later versions of the printed score, the work demonstrates the principle of »per aspera ad astra« as it evolves from lifeless nature to the love of God. The opening and closing movements form the largest possible contrast – from the monumental magnitude of the first to the daring slowness in the final movement. With references to military music, mystic sounds, grotesque elements and allusions to traditional music, the audience experiences the entire spectrum of Mahler’s cosmos of sound. Texts from Friedrich Nietzsche’s »Thus Spoke Zarathustra« and the song collection »Des Knaben Wunderhorn« by Clemens Brentano served as the basis for the symphony.