Mahler's third symphony represented his most ambitious undertaking yet: a vision of nature, life, and love. The first three movements offer a series of nature portraits, beginning with "Pan Awakes. Summer Comes Marching In (Bacchic procession)" "What the Flowers in the Meadow Tell Me" and "What the Animals in the Forest Tell Me".
The last three movements expand Mahler's vision from nature to human and spiritual dimensions:
What Humanity Tells Me
What the Angels Tell Me
What Love Tells Me