Mahler's Third Symphony


Friday 2 & Saturday 3 December 2022, 7.30pm

Perth Concert Hall

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Mahler's Third Symphony

Gustav MAHLER Symphony No.3 in D minor (95 mins)

Part I
Kräftig. Entschieden

Part II
Tempo di menuetto. Sehr mässig
Comodo. Scherzando. Ohne Hast
Sehr langsam. Misterioso –
Lustig im tempo und keck im Ausdruck –
Langsam. Ruhevoll. Empfunden

This concert has no interval.

Asher Fisch conductor
Ashlyn Tymms
mezzo soprano
Ladies from the WASO Chorus

Aquinas College Schola Cantorum

Asher Fisch appears courtesy of Wesfarmers Arts.

Wesfarmers Arts Pre-concert Talk
Find out more about the music in the concert with this week’s speaker, Margaret Seares. The Pre-concert Talk will take place at 6.45pm in the Terrace Level Foyer.

Wesfarmers Arts Meet the Artists (Saturday only)
Join WASO’s Principal Conductor, Asher Fisch and mezzo soprano, Ashlyn Tymms for a post-concert interview and learn more about tonight’s performance. The Post-concert Talk will take place immediately following the Saturday evening performance in the Terrace Level Foyer.

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This performance is recorded for broadcast on ABC Classic. For further details visit

Did you know?

Mahler's Third is the longest symphony in the standard repertoire, with a typical performance lasting around 95 to 110 minutes.

Due to the large orchestral forces required to perform the symphony, it took as many as nine years for the symphony to be premiered, and many more before it was performed across the world.

The symphony charts a progression to the divine, giving a sense of cosmic scale.

Mahler's Third Symphony was voted one of the ten greatest symphonies of all time in a survey of conductors carried out by the BBC Music Magazine.

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