This concert is part of the following series:
Leicester 2012/13 Season
Mahlerís Fifth Symphony follows a clear progression from a mood of dark despair to joyful reconciliation. The opening of the fourth movement, the Adagietto, is by far the best-known and is often performed by itself. It was originally conceived as a love-poem for the beautiful Alma Schindler who Mahler married in 1902, and was made famous by its subsequent use in Viscontiís 1971 film, Death in Venice. The first half showcases a late Mendelssohn work of breathtaking originality, the Violin Concerto. From the outset, the soloist pitches straight in with a passionately surging melody that verges on the melodramatic, which contrasts with the song-like simplicity of the second movement. In the final movement, a dose of energy ensures a suitably high-spirited ending.
Oct 16 2013, 19:30 - De Montfort Hall
Ashkenazy conducts Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky
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