Philharmonia Orchestra at Southbank Centre

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Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra perform Mahler's epic Third Symphony, a six-movement ode to the natural world.

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The first of five Mahler symphonies performed by the Philharmonia this season: Mahler's Third Symphony, written beside an Austrian mountain lake, is a work 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.


Philharmonia Orchestra

Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor

Michelle DeYoung mezzo-soprano

Philharmonia Voices


Mahler: Symphony No.3

Venue Details & Map

Southbank Centre

Belvedere Road
0844 847 9910
Public transport:
Underground and Rail Stations: Waterloo, Embankment, Charing Cross or Waterloo East Buses stop on Waterloo Bridge, York Road, Belvedere Road and Stamford Street.

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