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About This Performance
At one time, Mahler’s Third – his longest, lasting 90-100 minutes – featured descriptive titles for each of its six movements, the fourth and fifth of which are vocal:
I. “Pan Awakes, Summer Marches In” (a massive movement lasting 30 minutes, after which Mahler wanted a long pause)
II. “What the Flowers on the Meadow Tell Me”
III. “What the Animals in the Forest Tell Me”
IV. “What Man Tells Me” (alto solo)
V. “What the Angels Tell Me” (alto solo, women’s choir, and children’s choir)
VI. “What Love Tells Me”
Mahler eventually suppressed the headings but they are useful in understanding his conception. It is particularly telling that the final movement is purely instrumental.
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