Bernard Haitink Conducts Mahler's Symphony No. 3

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Conductor Bernard Haitink. Conductor Bernard Haitink. (Creutziger)

In this archival broadcast, Bernard Haitink leads the New York Philharmonic in Mahler's Third Symphony with mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink, baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, the Women of the New York Choral Artists under the direction of Joseph Flummerfel, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus directed by Dianne Berkun.

Program details:

Mahler: Symphony No. 3

Comments [2]

Les from Miami, Florida

My comment is the performance is a triumph. I'm hard pressed to think of another conductor who affored as much clarity throughout the entire symphony. In Part I, the first movement, even the low D's played by three contrabass players were clearly heard. The prominent solos, trombone and violin, were carefully balanced. The only thing in the questionable column is that the tempo was sustained despite the indications of "bewegter" and "vorva"rts, stu"rmen". Part II, the other five movements, also evinced wonderful solos and balance, in the second "flower" movement there was wonderful balance between divided strings; the "animal" movement had the flu"gelhorn solo (here I think played by a muted trumpet) in the forefront. The "Nietsche" movement with Bernarda Fink had the "misterioso" quality about it, as written; and the balance again was notable between trombones and strings playing harmonics. I thought the children's, women's (and alto solo) movement might have had a quicker pace and lighter accents, the better to present the joy of heavenly life; but the last movement (what love tells me) was truly awe-inspiring. I urge listening again via the Philharmonic's website to this performance by the New York Philharmonic and a master conductor.

Jun. 15 2014 02:52 PM
jls from NYC

The description of tonight's broadcast concert as printed above is nonsensical. There's no part in Mahler's Third Symphony for baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, and besides he is, unfortunately, dead.

Jun. 12 2014 03:27 PM

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