Mahler: Symphony No. 5
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The Royal Concertgebouw has recorded this symphony only once before, with Bernard Haitink--a performance of no special involvement or excitement. Given that they are one of the world's three great Gustav Mahler orchestras (with the New York Philharmonic and the Czech Philharmonic), it was high time that they had another crack at it under a more interpretively proactive conductor. While Riccardo Chailly's performance isn't exactly the last word in orchestral imagination, so magnificent is the playing and sound of this disc that no one is likely to care. This is, then, principally a showcase for a great orchestra with a great Mahler tradition, and that's good enough for most of us. --David Hurwitz
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This recording is highly reccommendable and well worth your money!
A really immersion like experience and a nice reading of the score.
Although I choose Abbado as my reference, it looks like a dwarf in front of this one.
I have more than 05 readings of it and on this DECCA puts you inside of the Concertgebow Hall and in front of the orquestra.
It's a real 'shakking' experience!
I'll finish listening and add some more comments on it.
The symphony itself is interesting in concept and construction. It goes from a distressing first part in two movements to a happy last part, also in two movements, through a scherzo that eases the transition. The first movement is basically a funeral march punctuated by trumpet calls. This is followed by a fierce second movement, parts of which sound baleful. The brilliant scherzo looks forward to the joy to come, but also backward in some tense moments. The slow fourth movement, whose main theme was made famous by its use in the film Death in Venice, was supposedly a declaration of love that Mahler presented to his wife-to-be Alma; it starts lyrically and ends passionately. The rondo last movement, a joyous affair, includes fugal passages that compound the joy. It concludes in primary colors, the final triumph that resolves the tensions of the symphony's horrifying first part. The Concertgebouw plays all of it splendidly. Listening to the various sections of the orchestra playing together, yet distinguished one from another, is a joy in itself -- or listening to the exquisite entry of the woodwinds at the finale's start, or to the superb harmonies almost everywhere. Chailly, true to Mahler's design, has produced a work of power and subtlety, distress and triumphant joy.
I can see being a fan of this CD if you love the great Concertgebouw orchestra, which sounds first-rate here, or if you want to revel in the powerful sonics. However, Mahler Fifths from Karajan, Barbirolli, Levine, and Abbado, among others, are pitched to a much higher note of drama and emotion.
P.S.--It would fill a book to catalog David Hurwitz's howlers at Amazon. The one he commits here is to call the Czech Phil. one of the world's three great Mahler orchestras. That will come as quite a surprise in Chicago and Vienna, not to mention the Czech Republic.
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