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BSO delivers persuasive performance of Mahler's Third Symphony
BSO delivers persuasive performance of Mahler's Third Symphony

In one of the most often quoted lines by Gustav Mahler, the composer declares that, "to me, 'symphony' means constructing a world with all the technical means at one's disposal." That applies, more or less, to all of his symphonies, but he was speaking about No. 3, the subject of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's latest program.  And what a world he constructed in this astonishing, 100-minute score. Everything of human existence -- profound, banal, sentimental, ironic, scary, reassuring -- seems crammed into this symphony. Something of the divine, too; the finale suggests a steady climb up from the temporal world and right through the gates of the...

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