Mahler - Symphony No. 5 (Eschenbach)

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Gustav Mahler
Symphony No 5 in C-sharp minor

Orchestre de Paris
Christoph Eschenbach

Paris, April 2009

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features are the trumpet solo that opens the work with the same rhythmic motive as used in the opening of Beethoven's 5th symphony and the frequently performed Adagietto.

The musical canvas and emotional scope of the work, which lasts over an hour, are huge. The symphony is sometimes described as being in the key of C? minor since the first movement is in this key (the finale, however, is in D major). Mahler objected to the label: "From the order of the movements (where the usual first movement now comes second) it is difficult to speak of a key for the 'whole Symphony', and to avoid misunderstandings the key should best be omitted."

The work is in five movements, though Mahler grouped the movements into bigger parts:
Part I
I: Trauermarsch (Funeral March). In gemessenem Schritt. Streng. Wie ein Kondukt (At a measured pace. Strict. Like a funeral procession.) (C-sharp minor)
II: Stürmisch bewegt, mit größter Vehemenz (Moving stormily, with the greatest vehemence) (A minor)
Part II
III: Scherzo. Kräftig, nicht zu schnell (Not too fast, strong) (D major)
Part III
IV: Adagietto. Sehr langsam (Very slow) (F major)
V: Rondo-Finale. Allegro – Allegro giocoso. Frisch (Fresh) (D major)


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