Saturday, September 19, 2015

Trumpeting In Mahler's 5th

The night before the fetching Mrs. B and I go on vacation to journey to a place far, far away...well, maybe not that far away, we go out in style with our world class Houston Symphony Orchestra, led by Maestro Andres Orozco-Estrada in the emotionally powerful 5th Symphony of Gustav Mahler.  Mahler was one of the giants in the late Romantic era, from Austria who wrote many epic symphonies.

Gustav Mahler  [1860-1911]
The Houston Symphony website says that those in attendance at Jones Hall will "embark on an epic spiritual journey as Andrés conducts Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. From the opening trumpet solo to the tender Adagietto inspired by Mahler’s wife, Alma, this symphony contains some of the most emotionally powerful music ever written. As legendary conductor Herbert von Karajan once said, “A great performance of the Fifth is a transforming experience. The fantastic finale almost forces you to hold your breath.

This is a 5 movement symphony with each movement having a different key, and because, unusually, the first movement is in C# - minor and the final movement is in D-Major, Mahler purposely does not designate a key for this symphony.  The five movements are labeled thus:  1.  trauermarsch [funeral march];  2.
Stürmisch bewegt, mit größter Vehemenz, in A-minor;  3. Scherzo in D-Major;  4. Adagietto in F-Major;  5. Rondo - Allegro in D-Major.

Please turn up the volume to hear the trumpet bring in the dramatic emotional first movement, "funeral march" of the Mahler 5th symphony as Leonard Bernstein leads the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; and in the second video hear the exciting final movement, Allegro.  Thanks to Adagietto on You Tube for these two videos.

Gustav Mahler:  Symphony #5, Movement 1 in C# -minor, Trauermarsch: 

Gustav Mahler:  Symphony #5, Movement 5 in D-Major, Rondo- Allegro:

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