Notes & Reviews:
The penultimate release in Valery Gergiev’s acclaimed Mahler cycle features the composer’s Symphony No.5, recorded at the Barbican in September 2010. The work marked a new direction in his compositions and a step away from the choral elements of the previous three symphonies. Despite the opening funereal trumpet solo and march, the work was completed during one of the happiest periods of Mahler’s life and the symphony showcases virtuosic orchestral playing, an exquisite love song without words for his wife Alma and a jubilant finale.
In some ways this is the most interesting of Gergiev's Mahler to date... [he] is mindful of Mahler's continuing quest for a sparer and purer kind of music... Gergiev clearly takes his cue for the opening of the symphony from Mahler's "Little Drummer Boy" - quiet, desolate, and sad.
International Record Review
This is a magnificent performance of Mahler's Fifth Symphony in every respect. The orchestral playing is consistently of the highest quality, individually and collectively, the musicians clearly inspired by the insight and total conviction of their conductor... No one can afford to ignore this record.
Classic FM Magazine
There are no gimmicks in Gergiev's pacing, just clarity and sense in some of the music's most treacherous corners; you do get some nicely pushed/pulled speeds and sculpted details, but they never trespass on the symphony's line.
Recording information: Barbican, London (09/24/2010/09/26/2010).
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Works DetailsMahler, Gustav : Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor
- Conductor: Valery Gergiev
- Notes: Barbican, London (09/24/2010/09/26/2010)
- Running Time: 70 min. 4 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1901-1902