adagio lamentoso



This definitely is one of my most emotional works, specially because I was paying a tribute to my favorite composer: Gustav Mahler.

Mahler’s symphonies always had a strong impact on me, the slow movements of his symphonies are, in my opinion, of the most beautiful and touching works in music history.

With this work I wanted to evoke the musical atmosphere created by Mahler in those slow movements, particularly in terms of harmonies and orchestation, but at the same time, keeping a style of my own.
It was a complex process resulting in a work that is divided in three sections in a variation of the sonata form, with an elaborated orchestration where the many divisi on the strings carry weight to the piece.

String Quintet version

The string quintet version of the Adagio Lamentoso was written to be performed by the Virtuosi String Quintet ensemble from the Berliner Philharmoniker, on their Japan tour in 2019.

You can find more info about the Adagio’s String Quintet version in this post.

Below you can watch and listen to the Virtuosi performance of the Adagio: