Gustav Mahler composed his Fifth Symphony in the summers of 1901 and 1902 whilst staying at Wörthesee in the Austrian Alps, and the influence of nature around him is unquestionable, particularly in the third movement. Elsewhere, Mahler’s personal life is reflected in the themes of death, marital love and exuberant joy.
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Mahler: Symphony No. 5 Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London, on 16 January 2008