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CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Monday, November 19, 2018 8 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
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Andris Nelsons by Marco Borggreve
Håkan Hardenberger is called on to play trumpet, piccolo trumpet, and cow horn—as well as sing and play simultaneously—in HK Gruber’s marvelously eclectic showpiece that opens the program. Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, a magnificent five-movement journey from despair to joy, is one of his most popular works. He believed that a symphony should embrace the world, and it’s all here: an opening funeral march, folk-inspired dances, a waltz, and exuberantly high spirits in the finale. The unforgettable and unsurpassable heart of the work is the Adagietto, a sublime love letter for strings and harp Mahler wrote for his wife, Alma.

Part of: Great American Orchestras and Mahler in Concert

Performers

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, Music Director and Conductor
Håkan Hardenberger, Trumpet

Program

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MAHLER Symphony No. 5

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Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 

Many first experienced the ravishing beauty of the Adagietto from Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 in Luchino Visconti’s visually stunning 1971 film Death in Venice. While the gorgeous theme for strings and harp may conjure images of actor Dirk Bogarde as the white-suited Gustav von Aschenbach from the movie, the music is magnificent on its own terms and is one of five brilliant movements in one of Mahler’s most popular symphonies.

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