Mahler Symphony No. 5

Thursday 15 Feb 2018, 7:30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

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Jakub Hrůša conductor

Piotr Anderszewski piano

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1

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Mahler Symphony No. 5

After the first rehearsal for the première of his Fifth Symphony, Mahler wrote to his wife Alma of a symphony in which ‘new worlds are forever being engendered, only to crumble into ruin… this foaming, roaring, raging sea of sound… dancing stars, to these breathtaking, iridescent, and flashing breakers’.

Beginning with a lone trumpet call, Mahler’s symphony summons forth this wall of sound, journeying from the tragic despair of the first movement to the lasting triumph of the finale via a withdrawal into the achingly beautiful Adagietto movement scored for gossamer like harp and strings.

Alongside, the “enthralling interpretative integrity” (The Guardian, Feb 2016) of Piotr Anderszewski’s pianism, in Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto.