"At the beginning of this year, Mahler's third symphony had never been performed in this country at a concert. In the last nine months it has had two performances in London: the first, in February, was a brave, wholly admirable but not wholly satisfying, semi-amateur one; last night this long, extremely difficult and idiosyncratic work, a collation of everything that Mahler burned to communicate, was at last performed by a major British orchestra in the Festival Hall."
Boult's performance in 1947 was made in a recording studio, so the designation of Horenstein's concert being a first is accurate.
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