Symphony No. 5 by Gustav Mahler was composed in 1901 and 1902, mostly during the summer months at Mahler’s holiday cottage at Maiernigg. This yearning movement, often viewed as a declaration of love to his wife Alma, stands at the centre of the rough and jagged world of the Fifth, forming an ethereal and timeless sea of tranquillity in a symphony that mirrors the mental abysses of its emotionally torn creator.