Maurice Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin (1919) 25’
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor (1902) 68′
Barcelona Symphony Orchestra (OBC)
Ludovic Morlot, conductor
At a moment that marked a highpoint in Central European Romanticism, Gustav Mahler–the man who eluded all early 20th century “isms” and redefined the concept of symphonies–united a funeral march with folksongs, dance and even embryonic Expressionism in his Symphony No. 5. A symphonic jigsaw puzzle to which he returned time and time again, it is now a staple in concert halls throughout the world. Aside from its huge popularity, in the words of critic Paul Bekker, it contains some of the most magnificent passages from the history of music.