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With three symphonies Mahler once conducted - Schumann, orch Mahler: Symphony No 4. Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique. Bruckner: Symphony No 5. Plus Beethoven: Leonora Overture No 3.

Gustav Mahler was more famous in his lifetime as a conductor than as a composer. His concert repertoire was enormous and today's programme, presented by Louise Fryer, includes three very different symphonies, all of which Mahler performed. His own re-orchestration of Schumann's 4th is a fascinating document - Mahler 'helping' Schumann to improve his orchestration.

Beethoven: Leonora Overture No. 3
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Grant Llewellyn, conductor

Schumann orch Mahler: Symphony No.4
NDR Radio Philharmonic
Xian Zhang, conductor

Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor

Bruckner: Symphony No.5
Berlin Staatskapelle
Daniel Barenboim, conductor.

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