Teodor Currentzis © Alexandra Muravyeva
Utopia / Currentzis
Mahler: Symphonie Nr. 3
»That I call it a symphony is actually inaccurate, because in nothing does it adhere to the conventional form. But symphony means to me: building a world with all the means of the existing technique. The ever new and changing content determines its form by itself.« With these words, Gustav Mahler characterised his Symphony No. 3 in the summer of 1895. This represents nothing less than an attempt to trace the whole of creation in a single musical work - or rather, to juxtapose it with a second creation that is located entirely outside the first in a kind of utopian space, in a »non-place«. As outrageous, even sacrilegious, as this claim may seem, the result is overwhelming: Six movements, stretching over more than one and a half hours of performance time, tell a creation story that ranges from inanimate nature to divine love - the meaning, origin and goal of creation at the same time: a work as if made for an ensemble that already bears utopia in its name.