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Gustav Mahler

April 5, 2012

The Eye of the Storm

Gustav Mahler's massive Fifth Symphony rages on for over an hour. But in the middle of that storm, there's a 10-minute oasis of calm. The Adagietto from Mahler's Fifth has been used for everything from funerals for heads of state to Olympic skating routines. Most people hear it as an outpouring of grief, but some say there's much more to it than that. In today's show, the story behind Mahler's Adagietto and a performance from the Aspen Music Festival.

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hour 1

  • Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
    Sonata No. 7 in A
    The Masques Ensemble
  • Johannes Donjon
    Mary Karen Clardy, flute
    Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas
  • Joseph Joachim
    Elegiac Overture, Op. 13
    The North German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Michael Sanderling, conductor
    Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, Anklam, Germany
  • Johann Rosenmuller
    Sonata No. 7 in D Minor for Strings and Continuo
    The Masques Ensemble
    Our Lady of Good Help Chapel, Montreal, Quebec
  • Franz Schubert
    Symphony No. 3 in D, D. 200
    The West German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Karl-Heinz Steffens, conductor
    Philharmonie, Cologne, Germany

hour 2

  • Gustav Mahler
    Adagietto from Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp Minor
    The Aspen Festival Orchestra, Robert Spano, conductor
    Aspen Music Festival, Aspen, Colorado
  • Alexander Scriabin
    Album Leaf in E-flat, from Three Pieces, Op. 45
    Evgeny Brakhman, piano
    Cleveland International Piano Competition, Cleveland
  • Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa
    Sorrowful is my Soul, from Tenebrae Responsory for Maundy Thursday
    The Sydney Chamber Choir, Paul Stanhope, director
    Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney, Australia
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Fourth movement from Symphony No. 31 in D, K. 297 (Paris)
    The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, conductor
  • George Frideric Handel
    Excerpts from the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ HWV 47
    Concentus Musicus of Vienna, soloists, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, director
    Lucerne Easter Festival, Lucerne, Switzerland
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