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Mahler 5

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Berg
Violin Concerto
Mahler
Symphony No.5
Robert Trevino
conductor
Michael Barenboim
violin

Classic Intro - 6.15pm, Music Room
Norman Lebrecht, one of the most widely-read commentators on music, culture and politics, regular presenter on BBC Radio 3 and author of Why Mahler? discusses Mahler’s Symphony No.5.

From the heady world of fin-de-siècle Vienna, guest conductor Robert Trevino shares two mighty musical stories of anguish, redemption and (of course) love. Alban Berg dedicated his Violin Concerto ‘to the memory of an angel’ – for violinist Michael Barenboim (making his Liverpool debut), this is music that runs in the family. Mahler’s sweeping Fifth Symphony, meanwhile, begins with a funeral march before struggling through anger, courage and horn-whooping joy to an ending that practically raises the roof in triumph. Not to mention the rapturous Adagietto – maybe (just maybe) the sweetest love-letter ever written in sound.

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