Gergiev and Mariinsky's Mahler: The Fifth Symphony
The Carnegie Hall and NY premiere of Mahler's Fifth Symphony took place on February 15, 1906 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Wilhelm Gericke.
After Beethoven, fifth symphonies became special landmarks for composers working in the Austro-German symphonic tradition. Mahler's is an epic work: large in scale, extreme in its expressive character, abundant in its musical ideas and invention. Its five movements create a broad sonic arch, capped by an elaborate Scherzo. Flanking this, to start the symphony, are a funeral march followed by music of violent intensity; and following the Scherzo, a dream-like Adagietto and an ebullient, contrapuntally embellished finale.
Excerpt from Mahler Symphony No. 5 (IV. Adagietto)
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