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Mahler: Symphony No. 5 / Hans Rosbaud

Album Summary

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

Notes & Reviews:

Francis Poulenc said in 1954, 'Music buffs believe that the greatest living conductor is Toscanini, musicians know that it is Hans Rosbaud.' This 'live' studio recording from 1951 is a new addition to the Rosbaud discography, released for the first time on ICA Classics. It has been regarded by a number of German musicologists as a truly legendary performance.

MusicWeb International, 26th April 2013
I detect no lack of feeling or expressiveness in Rosbaud's reading and he is not afraid to deploy a judicious amount of portamento. It's good to hear a straightforward approach to this music...The sound is perfectly acceptable, especially given its vintage.

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
This is actually a better performance. The strengths of the reading are its straightforward integrity and dramatic sense. The first movement's grim march and passionate response are well set forth. The big scherzo is presented with lyricism and intensity. It's nice to have the Adagietto flow forward as elegantly as it does here. The finale is well built and exciting. Lots of others have done more with it, including the conductors I listed above. For a 1951 performance, this is impressive. If you're a Rosbaud devotee or interested in the performance history of this piece, you might find this interesting. It's a perfectly fine reading. At the moment the Berlin Philharmonic performances by Karajan and Abbado and the London Philharmonic concert performance by Tennstedt are most pleasing to me. The sound is good for its time.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Saal 1, Funkhaus, Cologne (10/22/1951).



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Works Details

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor
  • Conductor: Hans Rosbaud
  • Ensemble: Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 65 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1901-1902