Mahler and His 5th Symphony
This weekend, the Utah Symphony continues its Mahler Cycle with the composer’s Fifth Symphony. Gustav Mahler’s works have a long tradition in Utah. His friend Bruno Walter was a mentor to the Symphony’s own Maurice Abravanel, who introduced the emotional and technically challenging works to the Beehive state. So Thursday, we’re joined by former Associate Conductor Ardean Watts and by scholar Paul Banks to talk about Mahler’s life, his connection to Utah, and to hear some of the Fifth Symphony.
Paul Banks is a musicologist, presenter and author. He's editor of Donald Mitchell's Gustav Mahler: The Early Years [Amazon] and contributor to The New Grove Turn of the Century Masters [Amazon]
Last season, the Utah Symphony performed Mahler's Symphonies 1-4. They continue the cycle this weekend and throughout the season under the direction of Maestro Thierry Fischer. [More Information]
Nov 6-7, 2015: Symphony No. 5 [Utah Symphony Music Guide]
Nov 20-21, 2015: Symphony No. 6 "Tragic"
Jan 8-9, 2016: Symphony No. 7
Feb 19-20, 2016: Symphony No. 8 "Symphony of a Thousand" (with Mormon Tabernacle Choir)
In September, Utah Symphony released a live recording of Mahler's Symphony No. 1 in D Major "Titan" directed by Thierry Fischer. [Amazon]