Filmed and photographed on location in the surroundings of Hovet, a small mountainvillage in Hallingdal, Norway, during April, May and June 2011.
Music: Adagietto, from Mahler's Fifth Symphony
Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Adagietto is the fourth movement in the Fifth Symphony, is arguably Mahler's most famous single piece of music, and is the most frequently performed extract from Mahler's works. It is perhaps best known for its use in the 1971 Luchino Visconti film "Death in Venice". However it was frequently performed on its own before then, chiefly because in the early 20th century music programmers did not believe whole Mahler symphonies would be acceptable to audiences. Indeed, the British premiere of the entire Fifth Symphony came thirty-six years after the Adagietto alone had been introduced; that performance of the Adagietto was conducted by Henry Wood at a Proms concert in 1909.
It lasts for approximately 10 minutes, and Mahler adds the instruction: "sehr langsam" (very slowly). This has led to some conductors taking the movement well over its normal duration, in some cases nearly 12 minutes (viz. recordings by Eliahu Inbal, Herbert von Karajan, and Claudio Abbado). However, in recent years the trend appears to have moved away from such extreme tempi notably in the swiftly-paced (9-1/2 minute) inaugural recording from Simon Rattle as chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
SYMPHONY NO. 5:
CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (CSO):
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