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Mahler: Symphony No. 5 / Gerard Schwarz, The Colburn Orchestra

Album Summary

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

Notes & Reviews:

This album celebrates Gerard Schwarz at the top of his game, conducting music close to Jerry's heart. Maestro Schwarz served long tenures as music director for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and later the Seattle Symphony, and made over 100 recordings with those orchestras. Many of these recordings are being rereleased through Naxos. The Colburn Orchestra is well-known to CD buyers from its recordings on Yarlung with Yehuda Gilad conducting Metropolitan Opera and GRAMMY Award® winning mezzo soprano Sasha Cooke (YAR14148) and with Maestro Schwarz conducting Takemitsu's From Me Flows What You Call Time (YAR15195) featuring Smoke & Mirrors percussion ensemble. The orchestra has been conducted by James Conlon, Jamie Laredo, Sir Neville Marriner, Kurt Masur, Nicolas McGegan, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Gustavo Dudamel. In 2012, the Colburn Orchestra opened the GRAMMY Foundation's 14th Annual Music Preservation Project. Concertgoers and press celebrate The Colburn Orchestra for the quality of its performances and music director Yehuda Gilad's creative leadership. Maestro Schwarz describes The Colburn Orchestra as "without question, among the finest orchestras in the world."

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Ambassador Auditorium (12/03/2011).


A solid performance, but the recording quality makes this average
Gerard Schwarz and Mahler, now there is a combination that is worth experiencing. Unfortunately this recording on the Yarlung label was recorded on analog tape, and while that in and of itself is generally not a big deal for me, in this case the audio quality is somewhat muted and dull not in a way that is charming or warm. Even considering that this was recorded during a live performance, I have heard so many live recordings that sounded better and were much more satisfying.

As for the music itself, Mr. Schwarz and The Colburn Orchestra seem to have a good collaborative partnership, both parties working together as a whole. The strings in the second movement are rich and vibrant, and the horns sound fantastic in the third movement its just such a shame that they sound so muffled and, to a degree, muddy. The fourth movement is one of the most gorgeous examples of music that Mahler ever committed to paper, and on a digital recording this would have been spectacular. *sigh* The fifth and final movement is a rousing and emotional and joyful thing. But there is so much more to hear in it than is present on this recording.

Im a little disappointed. This is most certainly not the fault of the musicians, who obviously played their hearts out, nor Mr. Schwarz, who did everything that could be asked of him in this performance. If the analog recording was of higher quality, or if digital microphones had been used, this would have been a fantastic listening experience. As it is, it comes across as merely average.

Submitted on 12/10/14 by KlingonOpera 
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Works Details

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: Colburn Orchestra
  • Running Time: 63 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1901-1902