One of my favorite composers, symphonies, movements and conductors.
The Adagietto from Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 is absolutely beautiful. The movement is packed full of love and tenderness. It was written during the early stages of his relationship with Alma and his love for her is tangible.
Although I can’t say with absolute certainty that this is my favorite recording of the movement, I like the way that Abbado doesn’t take too much time with the music. It is arguably too fast, but I appreciate the larger structure and phrasing becoming evident through a faster tempo.