Classical WETA's ongoing series featuring performances from the National Symphony Orchestra, hosted by Nicole Lacroix. This special radio series is made possible by WETA's Friends of Classical Music, including Patricia Sagon. The National Symphony Orchestra’s radio programs are generously supported in part by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.
NSO Showcase presents Mahler’s 3rd Symphony
Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 9:00pm
Opera Now says Anne Sofie von Otter "possesses one of the most flexible and natural vocal instruments of any living artist." The Grammy-nominated mezzo-soprano joins Christoph Eschenbach and the National Symphony Orchestra for the epic, full-evening Third Symphony. This performance was recorded at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in November, 2015, and was part of the NSO’s Mahler Explored series.
Renowned for its sunny nature and rapt intensity, Mahler's Third Symphony was composed from the picturesque isolation of his lakeside hut. It captures the mythical force and elegance of nature, brought to vivid life at the call of the mighty god Pan. This dramatic journey muses on the destiny of man, glimpses heaven through a chorus of angels, and concludes with a rousing hymn to love--taking inspiration from the texts of Nietzsche and Des Knaben Wunderhorn. The Choral Arts Society of Washington and Children's Chorus of Washington join the NSO for this performance.
There are also some virtuoso opportunities for the trombone in this work, says NSO Principal Trombone, Craig Mulcahy: "Mahler's Symphony No. 3, which is the composer's longest symphony, also includes three of the longest and most well-known trombone solos in the orchestral repertoire. The solos, all in the first movement, convey power, sadness, loneliness, and beauty in a very exposed manner at the dynamic extremes of the instrument."
Don’t miss NSO Showcase, featuring Christoph Eschenbach, mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, the Choral Arts Society of Washington and the Children’s Chorus of Washington, in Mahler’s 3rd Symphony, Wednesday, July 6th , at 9:00 p.m.