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Mahler: Symphonies 4 & 5 / Gergiev, Camilla Tilling [DVD]

Album Summary

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 4 in G major
>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In honor of the 100th anniversary of Gustav Mahler's death, C Major presents this live recording of his fourth and fifth symphonies from the 26th BBC Prom at Royal Albert Hall. Valery Gergiev leads the World Orchestra for Peace and soprano soloist Camilla Tilling in world-class renditions of these masterworks. Founded by Sir Georg Solti, the World Orchestra for Peace draws its roster from the world's greatest symphonies. Includes a 23-minute documentary about the orchestra.

My Classical Notes
Gergiev's performance of Mahler's Fourth symphony is not only full of underlying musical tensions, but also highly melodic, dynamic and with deep awareness of every detail. Camilla Tilling's radiant soprano and her intonation are perfect in the Finale.

Art Times
the format is standard, the playing exciting, and Gergiev's method of conducting is quite interesting.

MusicWeb International
The performance of the fifth that follows is more compelling. ... an emotionally cool Mahler 4, with beautiful individual lines emerging with uncustomary clarity from the orchestral textures and a sweet soprano brightening the finale.

The World Orchestra for Peace... are heard at their best in these stunning BBC performances of the two Mahler symphonies. ... the performances are magnificent, particularly Symphony No. 5 in which brass playing is spectacular. Exciting concerts indeed!

American Record Guide
Timur Martynov... is fantastic. Gergiev caresses the softer moments with care and allows the strings to express themselves.

Gergiev's Mahler has been an acquired taste for me, but this video captures two excellent performances of highly contrasted works, recorded during the sesquicentennial of Mahler's birth. Highly recommended.

Classical Net
In fact, the playing by the entire orchestra throughout in both symphonies is splendid, which answers the question I posed at the outset: the sum of the impressive parts does indeed equal a marvelous whole! Excellent sound and imaginative camera work top off this fine effort.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 155 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.1
Subtitles: Japenese, English


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Works Details

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 4 in G major
  • Performer: Camilla Tilling (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Ensemble: World Orchestra for Peace
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1892-1900

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Ensemble: World Orchestra for Peace
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1901-1902