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Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor / Forster

Album Summary

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 5 was composed in 1901 and 1902. Among its most distinctive features are the funereal trumpet solo that opens the work and the frequently performed Adagietto. This somber opening was a little hard to accept when first performed. The musical canvas and emotional scope of the work, which lasts over an hour, is huge. After its premiere, Mahler is reported to have said, "Nobody understood it." The symphony is performed here by The New Philharmonic Orchestra of Westphalia and conducted by Heiko Mathias Förster.

The "suddenly faster" section is urgent without sounding harried, and the later more refined interruptions of the funeral march have a melancholy charm; the "collapse" is impactful without being exaggeratedly catastrophic; and the march itself is well paced, stern, and straightforward. The recorded sound is robust, weighty, and resonant stereo with a modicum of instrumental detail. F÷rster apparently favors a homogeneous sound for this symphony; his is an interpretation of heft and impact over inner detailing... I can recommend it as a solid account of Mahler's always fascinating Fifth.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio of the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, Recklinghaus (05/2010-07/2010).


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Works Details

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor
  • Performer: Marcus Schleich (Horn)
  • Conductor: Heiko Förster
  • Ensemble: Neue Philharmonie Westfalen
  • Running Time: 71 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1901-1902