Gustav Mahler

Symphony No. 3 in D minor (1893-96; revised 1906)

Mignon Dunn, mezzo-soprano
Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra & Festival Chorus
Glen Cortese, Conductor

Recorded in March 1998 at Riverside Church, New York City

Recording engineer: Jerry Bruck, Posthorn Recordings, NYC
Cover photo: Mark Brown
Total playing time: 103:32

Also featuring

  • Columbia / Barnard Chorus, Gail Archer, Director
  • Riverside Women's Choir, Timothy Smith, Director
  • Manhattan School of Music Children's Festival Chorus, Christine Jordanoff, Director
  • Brad Siroky, posthorn
  • Paul Whichard, trombone
  • Allison Bailey, violin
  • Helen Cha-Pyo, Chorusmaster

About the Performers

Glen Cortese is on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music, where he is currently Director of Orchestral Studies and Principal Conductor. He is also Music Director of the New York Chamber Sinfonia.

Mr. Cortese has appeared as guest conductor with the symphonies of Austin, New Jersey, North Carolina, Bangor, Meridian, Queens, New Amsterdam, the National Orchestral Association, the International Chamber Orchestra, the Belarus State Philharmonic, Noordhollands Philharmonische, and the Altenberg Landeskapelle Orchester.

A strong advocate of new music, he has conducted works in collaboration with Milton Babbitt, Elliot Carter, John Corigliano, George Crumb, Richard Danielpour, Peter Maxwell Davies, Lukas Foss, Hans Werner Henze, and Ralph Shapey. Mr. Cortese is also an acomplished composer and winner of numerous awards including the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Joseph E. Bearns prize, and a CAPS Grant from the New York State Council on the Arts.

Mezzo-soprano Mignon Dunn has appeared with many leading opera companies, orchestras, and festivals in the United States, including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, and Los Angeles Philharmonic.

She has taken her characterizations for leading mezzo heroines to the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, the Vienna Staatsoper, Paris Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and opera houses in Hamburg, Toronto, Warsaw, Montreal, and Monte Carlo.

Miss Dunn was born in Memphis, Tennessee and studied in New York with a scholarship from the Metropolitan Opera. She made her debut with the Experimental Opera Theatre of America in New Orleans.

A native of Seoul, South Korea, Helen Cha-Pyo became Associate Director and Conductor of the Riverside Church in 1996. She served as assistant conductor of the Eastman Philharmonia and has conducted at the Aspen Music Festival. In the summer seasons of 1992 and 1993 she performed with the Beethoven Chamber Orchestra in the Czech Republic. She is winner of the second annual John Rodland Memorial Organ Competition sponsored by the American Guild of Organists.

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