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Sunday 19 April 2020 at 3pm at Royal Festival Hall a concert Mahler: Symphony No. 5
Estonian conductor Paavo Järvi takes the helm for 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 Philharmonia 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.
Paavo Järvi – conductor
Zhang Zuo – piano
LISZT Piano Concerto No. 2
— Interval —
MAHLER Symphony No. 5