Gustav Mahler was an Austrian late-Romantic composer, and one of the leading conductors of his generation. As a composer he acted as a bridge between the 19th century Austro-German tradition and the modernism of the early 20th century.
For the next several weeks, we're bringing you a Circle of Fifths: fifth symphonies by five composers of the Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras.
The first download in this series features Mahler's Symphony No. 5. Mahler had a relatively regular output of his last symphonies, beginning with his fourth (1899-1900), composed in his retreat in Steinbach, then his fifth (1901-1902), sixth (1903-1904), seventh (1904-1905), and eighth (1906) symphonies composed in Maiernigg.
This symphony's opening features a famous trumpet solo. Check out this masterclass of Berlin Philharmonic principal Gábor Tarkövi coaching Ismael Brandão on this excerpt. Does the rhythm remind you of another famous fifth symphony?
This recording is performed by the Orchestre National de Lille under the direction of Jean-Claude Casadesus.
Authorized users can view the full score to this symphony, available from Music Online: Classical Scores Library. Also available to all users are video performances conducted by Valery Gergiev, Gustavo Dudamel, and Leonard Bernstein.
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