Mahler 5th.

Gustav Mahler:

  • Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor

Performed by the Budapest Festival Orchestra, conducted by Iván Fischer

Gustav Mahler reached the peak of his musical career when he succeeded to be named Music Director of the Vienna Opera and of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

That was an amazing accomplishment for a man who was born into a Jewish home. And make no mistake:

Mahler lived to endure endless harassment and criticism by the Viennese public, many of whom were furious that “a Jew” is the conductor of their orchestra.

Gustav Mahler said that all his music is a description of his world. And in that sense, all his symphonies have an emotional connection with one another.

Conductor Iván Fischer and his Budapest Festival Orchestra now recorded the Mahler Fifth Symphony with its famous slow movement, titled “Adagietto”. This movement is one of the most intimate pieces that Mahler ever wrote for the orchestra.

Iván Fischer is the founder and Music Director of the Budapest Festival Orchestra. This partnership has become one of the greatest success stories in the past 25 years of classical music.

Here is the “Adagietto” from Mahler’s symphony number 5, as interpreted by Claudio Abbado:




And next, here is the same music (Mahler Symphony Nº 5, “Adagietto”) as performed by the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Leonard Bernstein (SORRY about the 14-second advertisement at the beginning)



Tags: Gustav Mahler, Ivan Fischer, Symphony #5, Adagietto