"We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
Excerpt of The Little Gidding by T. S. Eliot
"A symphony must be like the world. It must contain everything.
Something as all-encompassing and as massive as Mahler's Third Symphony reminds me of a comparison between Bernard Shaw and Shakespeare – " Shaw's works introduce us to an extraordinary mind, Shakespeare's to a world".
Thank goodness for the extremely helpful program notes by Matthew Hodge and Celia Casey, who take us through the six movements of Mahler's Third, and guide us within the world he is creating.