Mariss Jansons guides the Concertgebouw Orchestra, mezzo soprano Bernarda Fink, the Netherlands Radio Choir, the Breda Sacrament Choir and the Rijnmond Boys’ Choir through Gustav Mahler’s gigantic Symphony No. 3.
Gustav Mahler created his Symphony No. 3 around the idea of the ‘creation of the entire world’. Elemental forces, flora, fauna, humans, angels and love are successively being addressed. The six movements of the Third Symphony last almost two hours in total; it is Mahler’s longest symphony and one of the longest works in the concert repertoire. Mahler, however, originally intended to conclude the work with a seventh movement, one based on Das himmlische Leben. Eventually, this song became the basis for his Fourth Symphony.
Mariss Jansons was chief conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra from 2004 to 2015. Their alliance was unprecedented and intensive, which instigated world-wide recognition. Mariss Jansons has been music director of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2003. He has made numerous appearances throughout the world as a guest conductor of the Berlin, the Vienna and the London Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as the leading orchestras in the United States.