Mahler Symphony No.5

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

26 May 2017 - 20:00

National Concert Hall

LINDBERG Clarinet Concerto [28’]
MAHLER Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor [68’]

Hailed for its ‘rainbow exuberance’ (The Times) Magnus Lindberg’s exhilarating large-scale Clarinet Concerto was written for the extraordinary Kari Kriikku, who revels in its fast-changing textures, allusions to Brahms, Debussy and jazz and virtuosic demands. With its progression of moods, beauty and terror, Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 is an enthralling experience that moves from funeral darkness to the transcendent release of the glorious Adagietto. Popularised by the film Death in Venice, it is a love song to the composer’s wife that unfolds in one long, hypnotic breath.

Kari Kriikku clarinet
Sachio Fujioka conductor
Presented by Paul Herriott, RTÉ lyric fm

SOUNDINGS 7pm: In Conversation Sachio Fujioka & Kari Kriikku