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Mahler Symphony 5

Sakari Oramo conductor

Grand passions and epic vistas: Mahler’s Fifth Symphony is the gateway into a lost world of central European music, as Sakari Oramo opens the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s new season.

From the hillsides of Transylvania, shepherds’ horns echo and resound. Gustav Mahler contemplates personal tragedy, then fights his way – through waltzes, storms and a heartfelt musical love letter – to life, hope and triumph. And Dora Pejacevic dreams out loud, in a neglected, impassioned masterpiece haunted by the shadows of the Great War.

Central Europe doesn’t stop at Vienna: although with Sakari Oramo conducting, Mahler’s Fifth Symphony is a truly epic way to launch the new BBC SO season. But he begins with a wilder, stranger vision from great Hungarian sonic adventurer György Ligeti – and joins pianist Alexandra Dariescu to champion the Phantasie Concertante by Dora Pejacevic, the Croatian composer whose symphony was described as 'a genuine find' when Oramo recorded it in 2022.

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