Written in 1901 and 1902, Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 was considered to be the composer’s most conventional work to date, though in true Mahler style it is not without its eccentricities. The piece begins with a funeral march, which commences with a trumpet solo, performed here by the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Principal Trumpet, Paul Beniston.
As Beniston explains within the video, the solo sets a very sombre mood and is specifically notated by Mahler to be played in a measured step, similar to that of a funeral cortege. Played alongside a visualisation of the score, you are able to see the many considerations which the soloist must contemplate in order to perform the piece as Mahler wished.