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Mahler - Symphony No. 5

Part of Classical Season 2019/20

If you’ve only ever heard one piece by Mahler, it’s probably the Adagietto from his Symphony No.5, performed here by the Philharmonia Orchestra

But there’s a lot more to the symphony than that. The conductor Herbert von Karajan once said that in Mahler’s Fifth ‘you forget that time has passed. A great performance of the Fifth is a transforming experience.’

Estonian conductor Paavo Järvi takes the helm of the Philharmonia for tonight’s journey from the solemn grandeur of the first movement, with its portentous opening trumpet fanfare, to the joyful affirmation of the finale.

Acclaimed as a ‘superb’ Mahler interpreter (Bachtrack), Järvi has been a regular collaborator with the orchestra for over thirty years.

Scored for strings and harp, the famous Adagietto may have been composed as a love-song for the composer’s wife Alma – she said it was, and even showed an early conductor of the piece a poem he had written her to accompany it, but she was a notoriously unreliable biographer.

Love message or not, this gorgeous music has touched the hearts of millions of listeners, whether in the concert hall, in the film Death in Venice or at Robert F Kennedy’s funeral.

Electrifying young pianist Zhang Zuo is better known as Zee Zee to her friends and many fans around the world.

She opens the evening with Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto, full of emotion, virtuosity and passion.

Performers

Philharmonia Orchestra
Paavo Järvi conductor
Zhang Zuo piano

Repertoire

Liszt: Piano Concerto No.2 in A
Interval
Mahler: Symphony No.5

Dates & times

19 Apr 2020
Approximate run time: 130 mins
Run times may vary, find out more

where

Royal Festival Hall

Pricing

£12 - £58
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

Multi-buy discount

£12, £19, £28, £36, £45, £58

Multi-buy discount
Book multiple Philharmonia Orchestra events in the same transaction and receive a discount: 3 – 5 events (10% discount); 6 – 8 events (15% discount); 9 – 11 events (20% discount); 12 – 14 events (25% discount); 15 or more events (30% discount). Events must be in the 2019/20 season. This discount is not available on Premium seats or on the Philharmonia’s Christmas concerts on 12 and 15 December 2019.

Concessions

25% off (limited availability)
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Ticketing

Multi-buy discount
Book multiple Philharmonia Orchestra events in the same transaction and receive a discount: 3 – 5 events (10% discount); 6 – 8 events (15% discount); 9 – 11 events (20% discount); 12 – 14 events (25% discount); 15 or more events (30% discount). Events must be in the 2019/20 season. Please note these savings exclude Christmas concerts (12 & 15 December 2019) and The English Patient (5 June 2020). Not available on Premium seats.