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Performances | Curtis Symphony Orchestra / Jahja Ling, Conductor

The Jack Wolgin Orchestral Concert Series Mahler’s compositional output throughout his life was relatively small, but his works were and remain among the largest and most demanding in the orchestral repertoire. In a famous comment to Jean Sibelius, Mahler remarked, "A symphony must be like the world. It must embrace everything." He certainly practiced what he preached, as his works span the spectrum of human emotion, often with abrupt changes of mood. The Symphony No. 5, completed in 1902, is intensely autobiographical, offering an intimate look at his views on love, life, and death. 4. Adagietto: Arguably Mahler’s most familiar music, the Adagietto was for many years performed on its own, at a time when conductors felt audiences might not embrace the huge scope of the Symphony No. 5 as a whole. Scored for strings and harp, it is a love letter to Alma Schindler, whom he met in 1901 and married in 1902. He included a small poem, roughly translated, “How much I love you, you my sun, I cannot tell you that with words. I can only lament to you my longing and love."

Gustav Mahler



Recorded Date: 17-02-2013

Curtis Symphony Orchestra

The Curtis Symphony Orchestra has been called “an orchestra that any city would be lucky to have as its professional ensemble” (Philadelphia Inquirer). Recent visiting conductors include Charles Dutoit, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Simon Rattle, Robert Spano, and Michael Tilson Thomas. This professional training has enabled Curtis alumni to assume prominent positions in America’s leading orchestras, as well as ensembles around the world.

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Jahja Ling

Jahja Ling (Chinese 林望傑); is an orchestra conductor. Since 2004 he has been the music director and conductor of the San Diego Symphony. He is of Hokchiu Chinese descent and is now an American citizen. He is the first and only conductor of Chinese descent to serve as music director of a major U.S. orchestra.