The Birmingham Mahler Cycle: Vassily Sinaisky conducts Symphony No 3

Wednesday 13 October 2010 at 7.30pm

Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121-780 3333

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Vassily Sinaisky  conductor
Susan Bickley  mezzo-soprano
Ladies of the CBSO Chorus  
CBSO Youth Chorus  

Mahler: Symphony No. 3 100′ Listen
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“The Symphony is like the world,” declared Gustav Mahler “- it must
embrace everything!” His huge Third Symphony doesn’t quite manage
that – but it has a pretty good try. Beginning with a mighty horn call and
ending with a wordless hymn to love, it’s a vast, colourful panorama of
the world according to Gustav Mahler: church bells, country dances,
grand, echoing climaxes and the mother of all trombone solos! It’s a
symphony like no other, and for this next instalment in the Birmingham
Mahler Cycle, regular CBSO guest conductor Vassily Sinaisky has
assembled a world-class team of performers, including the full CBSO,
our famous choruses and operatic mezzo extraordinaire Susan Bickley.
Prepare to be astonished.

Review by Elmley de la Cour, Birmingham Post:

…”The CBSO strings particularly impressed in Mahler’s hymn to love and Sinaisky delicately directed the performance to a suitably thrilling conclusion.” …

Review by Geoff Read, MusicWeb International:

…”Bickley’s repetitions of Gib Acht were haunting, atmospheric and crystal clear – a spine-tingling ‘mymahler’ moment ( […]

…Sinaisky saved perhaps his most luminous contribution for the sixth and final movement. Coaxing a truly Mahlerian sound from the CBSO, they reproduced the instructions of the score – slow, peaceful and above all with feeling. With a sense of contemplation, the final chapter of God’s love in Mahler’s hymn to the natural world was inexorably drawn out, leading to the triumphant conclusion.”  …

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