Mariss Jansons and the Oslo Philharmonic. This combination has a special meaning to music lovers all over the world. In the period 1979 - 2002, Jansons was Chief Conductor of the OPO. It was a period of unparalleled development in the history of the orchestra. Celebrating 100 years in 2019, the OPO is delighted to release this live recording of Mahler’s 3rd Symphony from August 2001. This was a concert with Jansons and the orchestra on top form, in repertoire close to their hearts. Jansons would later receive the coveted Toblacher Preis for the release of Mahler symphonies 1 and 9 together with the OPO.
This recording of Mahler 3, featuring Randi Stene, was the last recording made with OPO/Jansons during his period as Chief Conductor but was not released at the time. The OPO has saved this special recording for their centenary season. In the mid-1970s, on the threshold for what would prove to be a fantastic international career, Mariss Jansons discovered an ensemble of great potential with musicians willing to put in the time and work necessary. The orchestra on their part found a rising star eager to build a world class orchestra. What Mariss and the OPO accomplished together is no less than astonishing.