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"The Fifth is a cursed work. Nobody gets the point of it." That was Gustav Mahler's frustrated comment on the performance of his latest work in 1905 in Hamburg, where as former opera director he should have been able to count on staunch support. This is now rather surprising in view of the fact that the Fifth is today one of the most popular of all Mahler's symphonies. Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Chief Conductor of the WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cologne leads his orchestra in this performance of Mahler's grand orchestral statement of transition from the depths of funereal gloom to heights of triumphal joy.
American Record Guide, March/April 2015
Gerald Fox called Saraste's earlier recording "a knockout...about as joyful and uplifting a reading as I remember ever hearing...one of the best. Well, 20 years have gone by. This is more considered, more careful, more settled, and utterly perfect. I can't complain about anything. Listening to Harold Farberman after this, I am more involved right from the beginning. The music is so good that almost any recording will do.
Recording information: Kölner Philharmonie (06/14/2013/06/15/2013).
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Works DetailsMahler, Gustav : Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor
- Conductor: Jukka-Pekka Saraste
- Ensemble: WDR Sinfonieorchester Koln
- Notes: Kölner Philharmonie (06/14/2013/06/15/2013)
- Running Time: 69 min. 30 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1901-1902