Sunday, September 25, 2016

Vienna Philharmonic: Mahler Symphony No. 5 (1987)

Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor is played magnificently by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at the Alte Oper, Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany in a live performance in September 1987; Leonard Bernstein [1918–1990, born Lawrence, Massachusetts] is at the podium. This is a very emotional piece, full of feeling yet under control. This is Bernstein’s Mahler.

Mahler [1860–1911] composed the piece in 1901 and 1902 in Maiernigg, Austria, on the shores of the Wörthersee in the state of Carinthia. He conducted the first performance of the Fifth Symphony at Cologne, Germany, on October 18, 1904.

In this 1960 broadcast of the Young People’s Concerts with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Leonard Bernstein, who did the most to make Gustav Mahler known to modern American audiences, gives an educational and entertaining exposition on Mahler. [This was broadcast on Sunday February 7, 1960, on the CBS-TV network; the program's full script, written by Bernstein himself, can be found here.]

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