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Mahler: Symphony No. 5
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From the opening entrance of the full orchestra, it's clear that this is Bernstein. The weight, the exaggeration, the expression and sense of tragedy are unmistakable. Likewise in the scherzo which is bright, brilliant, and at times just on the verge of losing control. The adagietto is, of course, Bernstein and Mahler to the nth degree, powerfully emotive, like it or not. The orchestra plays brilliantly, the sound is incredible full and alive. Appreciate it, if not enjoy it - and I would recommend the equally wonderful and very different live recording by Abbado and the BPO, which is a perfect counterweight.
I saw this partnership perform this very piece in San Francisco and it was a great performance.
I feel to, that this recording is a great performance and some of the best Mahler Bernstein gave us. It is to be much perferred over his earlier record with the New York Philharmonic and is much more succesful than some of the other symphonies he recorded in New York.
This disc is one of the best in his DG series with out a doubt...only the sixth in the same cycle is of equal merit.
At first, I did not know what to make of Lenny's version of the Fifth. The Boulez I heard was so precisely technical and straightforward that I could not reconcile it with all the power, idiosyncracy, and heart-on-your-sleeve emotion of Bernstein. Finally, after about a third or fourth hearing, I had an epiphany- -I finally knew that I loved this recording and would never be satisfied by another. I was indelibly stamped and will always recommend it to others. Just as well, I have been told that Lenny's DG version of the Fifth as well as Barbirolli's EMI recording typically elicit such strong reactions. Of whom you prefer oftentimes relies on which one you heard first.
In fact, I have gotten my once skeptical friend into Mahler after leasing him this recording. This is a fine testament to this recording and Mahler because my friend already had Mahler's Fourth but did not care for it; thus he concluded that Mahler was not worth the money. Now, not only does he believe in Mahler, but I, myself, now have all of Mahler's symphonies.
To the reviewer (Modée) who said "...the early tradition of interpretations indicate that a swift take is what Mahler probably had in mind, despite the 'sehr langsam'...Read more ›
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While Leonard Bernstein's Mahler cycles won't be to everyone's liking musically or historically, on this particular occasion, a superb and slower tempo'd 5th emerged beautifully... Read morePublished 2 months ago by RLB
I have been trying SO hard to not have to tell you that this Mahler 5 is unmatched and wonderful beyond belief. No, not that, BS. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Laurence Leabow
I'll be short and sweet with this review. Lenny is known for being over-the-top and a little too dramatic with Mahler but not with this 5th. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Panagiotis
I am a huge fan of Bernstein's Mahler. I have no idea of how many times I tried this 5th, but it never goes down smoothly. Read morePublished on May 12, 2014 by Roberto
mahler`s work in this symphony is complete.less of his usual floundering,lenghthy searching for an
answer to life`s dilemma.. Read more