Myung-whun Chung adds a new chapter to the Concertgebouw Orchestra’s deep bond with Mahler’s kaleidoscopic Fifth Symphony.
The Fifth symphony’s very lifeblood, the Adagietto, is a pure declaration of love.
Symphony No. 5
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In February 2020, Myung-whun Chung led the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Mahler’s Ninth Symphony, a performance deemed ‘impressive’ by publications including the Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad, which gave it five out of five stars. Now the South Korean maestro is back with the fiery Fifth. The Concertgebouw Orchestra has given no fewer than 127 performances of this symphony, the first time under the baton of the composer himself in 1906.
It took Amsterdam’s concert-going audiences some time to embrace the kaleidoscopic symphony; the great contrasts it encompasses evoke emotional extremes. ‘Each movement has its friends and foes,’ Mahler once said. Yet the Adagietto, the symphony’s very lifeblood, seems to have only friends. According to Willem Mengelberg, the orchestra’s then chief conductor who maintained close contact with the composer, this movement was a pure declaration of love to Mahler’s wife Alma. You be the judge when Mahler expert Myung-whun Chung conducts the Symphony No. 5.