In the work of Gustav Mahler, Giuseppe Sinopoli saw »the incursion of a psychological world into music«. Through his symphonies, Mahler realised an intricate cosmos that »creates a world using all available technical means«. The composer also heard »primeval sounds« in the Fifth Symphony – his first to be completed in the new 20th century and also the first to present itself in purely musical terms. Placing the orchestra at the heart of the matter, Mahler developed a new symphonic form in this work, one that combines polyphonic richness with melodic phrases of great intimacy.
Concert without interval
A concert introduction is given 45 minutes before the start of the performance in the opera cellar.