The Adagietto from Mahler’s 5th Symphony is one of the most well known and loved of all of his works, not only through the exquisiteness, passion and drama of this movement, but also famously from its use in the 1971 film ‘Death in Venice’.
Herbert von Karajan once said that when you hear Mahler’s Fifth, ‘you forget that time has passed. A great performance of the Fifth is a transforming experience. The fantastic finale almost forces you to hold your breath.’
Hear the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra perform Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder and Symphony No 5 on Sunday 9 June at 7:30 pm in Leominster Priory and on Sunday 16 June at 3:00 pm in the Elgar Concert Hall at The Bramall at the University of Birmingham.