Gustav Mahler – Adagietto from 5th Symphony – Leonard Bernstein

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)

Gustav Mahler was a Bohemian-Austrian conductor, pianist, and composer.  He held conducting posts at the Vienna Opera, Royal Opera in Budapest, the Stadttheater in Hamburg, Metropolitan Opera in New York, and the New York Philharmonic.

Mahler is known today as one of the last great symphonists.  He composed 10 symphonies, several songs. and a piano quartet and opera (the opera was lost).

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)

Leonard Bernstein was an American conductor, composer, and pianist.  He held conducting posts with the Isreal Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and quickly gained an international reputation conducting in Vienna and La Scala. Bernstein was a noted conductor of Mahler’s symphonies.

As a composer, Bernstein is known today for his Candide Overture and Westside Story.

Here is a recording of Leonard Bernstein conducting the Vienna Philharmonic in a performance of the 2nd movement of Mahler’s Symphony no.5.  Enjoy.