BBC PROMS Mahler's Fifth Symphony

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Arditti Quartet; Bamberg Symphony Orchestra under Jonathan Nott.

Helmut Lachenmann: 'Tanzsuite mit Deutschlandlied'

Mahler: Symphony No 5 in C sharp minor

(Previously unheard at the Proms, the blistered, metallic timbres and subtle textures of Lachenmann’s ‘musique concrète instrumentale’ unsettle and transfix, creating an abrasive yet alluring sound-world. Written over two summers in 1901 and 1902, Mahler’s Fifth Symphony concludes the programme, its famous Adagietto a love-letter to the composer’s wife, Alma.)

(Note: Royal College of Music at 5.45pm, Conductor Kenneth Woods introduces a selection of readings about Gustav Mahler, including the composer’s letters, reviews and biographies. Rana Mitter presents. Free.)


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