Leave it to Mahler to give us harrowing funeral marches shot through with blinding rays of hope. That is his epic Fifth Symphony: a masterpiece which, while not expressly telling a story, still whispers Mahler’s secrets about tragedy, joy, and love. Music Director Peter Oundjian closes the 2022 Festival with this dramatic journey through life, death, and everything in between. The Festival is honored to give the Colorado premiere of a co-commissioned fanfare by jazz great Wynton Marsalis.
Wynton Marsalis, Herald, Holler and Hallelujah! (Colorado premiere, co-commission)
Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp Minor
- “The fourth movement [of Mahler 5], the ‘Adagietto,’ is an intimate oasis, a glorious escape from the throes of excess in the previous movement. Scored for only strings and solo harp, this is Mahler’s love letter to his new bride, Alma. But the music is never free from angst. There’s a quote from Wagner’s tragic ‘Tristan and Isolde’ along the way, but in the end, Mahler’s heartfelt desire wins out.” Read more at NPR
- Peter Oundjian conducts Mahler 5 with the Yale Philharmonia; watch the first movement