“A symphony must be like the world, it must include everything,” – Mahler to Sibelius.

Into the Music with Kari Olene Oma Rønnes begins at 18.30.

Mahler’s powerful third symphony from 1893-1896 is truly all-encompassing. The symphony is his longest work and the newest to come into the standard repertoire. At the same time, it is the most joyful of his musical products, and can be described as a tribute to the spring and the nature that springs to life. Originally, Mahler had a program for the six movements, which he later rejected. However, the titles can shed light on Mahler’s artistic intentions: “Pan wakes up, summer marches in”, “What flowers tell me,” “What the animals in the forest tell me?” “What night (man) tells me?” “What the morning angels tell me “and” what love tells me “. Mahler also originally had a seventh movement, “Heavenly Life,” or “What the Child Tells Me”, but it was pushed to the fourth symphony.

The singing element, both with and without voice accompaniment, has a remarkable role in all of Mahler’s symphonies, and the third symphony is related to the Knaben Wunderhorn songs. In the first movement, Mahler draws different themes from folk music, military races and popular songs. The next few movements are relatively short movements, with depictions of flowers, animals, humans and angels. The program is engaging, charming, easy and expressive. The following scherzo is an orchestrated version of Mahler’s Wunderhorn song “Ablösung im Sommer” (Redemption in the summer). In the fourth movement, Mahler wrote music for the Midnight Song from Nietzsche’s “Also Sprach Zarathustra”, a short text full of pain and human desire for redemption. The short fifth movement follows without a break, and changes from a low-key midnight to luminous angels and morning bells, full of hope: redemption is possible. And in the last movement, the orchestra commemorates love. The movement is slow, calm and heartfelt.

Christian Vasquez, conductor
Gerhild Romberger, alto
Featuring the Stavanger Symphony Choir
Women’s Choir Concentus
VIVA Sandnes Cultural School Choir

Mahler: Symphony No. 3