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concert Claudio Abbado conducts Mahler's Symphony No. 5 Lucerne Festival 2004

Lucerne Festival 2004

Claudio Abbado conducts Mahler's Symphony No. 5 Lucerne Festival 2004


At the Lucerne Festival, Abbado conducts a memorable performance of Mahler's Fifth Symphony.

It was Luchino Visconti who, with Death In Venice adapted from the short story by Thomas Mann, made the Fifth Symphony by Mahler famous by choosing the Adagietto to express the moods of the hero, Gustav von Alchenbach. And it is the same agonising, deathly climate that pervades in both works written ten years apart, just before the upheaval of the First World War (the Fifth Symphony was composed between 1901 and 1903, Death in Venice was written in 1913), as if the artists had intuited the disaster.

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  • Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp Minor
    • 1. Trauermarsch: In gemessenem Schritt. Streng. Wie ein Kondukt
    • 2. Stürmisch bewegt, mit größter Vehemenz
    • 3. Scherzo: Kräftig, nicht zu schnell
    • 4. Adagietto: Sehr langsam
    • 5. Rondo-Finale: Allegro – Allegro giocoso. Frisch


  • Directed by:
    • Michael Beyer
  • Venue: KKL - Lucerne Festival Hall (Lucerne, Switzerland)
  • Production date: 2004
  • Recording date: 2004
  • Duration: 1 h 13 min
  • Production: © EuroArts Music International - ZDF/ARTE
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