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The penultimate release in Valery Gergiev’s acclaimed Mahler cycle features the composer’s Symphony No 5, recorded at the Barbican in September 2010.
Mahler’s Fifth Symphony marked a new direction in his compositions and a step away from the choral elements of the previous three symphonies. Despite the opening funereal trumpet solo and march, the work was completed during one of the happiest periods of Mahler’s life, and the symphony showcases virtuosic orchestral playing, an exquisite love song without words for his wife Alma, and a jubilant finale.
Gergiev’s recent releases on LSO Live include an acclaimed disc of works by Ravel. Forthcoming titles include music by Debussy, as well as Strauss’s Elektra.
Other recent releases on LSO Live include two recordings from Sir Colin Davis. Verdi’s Otello featuring Simon O’Neill and Gerald Finley was an Editor’s Choice in Gramophone and Nielsen’s Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 marks the first release in Sir Colin’s eagerly anticipated cycle of the composer’s symphonies.
Symphony No. 5 In C Sharp Minor: 1. Trauermarsch, In Gemessenem Schritt, Streng, Wie Ein Kondukt
Symphony No. 5 In C Sharp Minor: 2. Sturmisch Bewegt, Mit Grosster Vehemenz
Symphony No. 5 In C Sharp Minor: 3. Scherzo. Kraftig, Nicht Zu Schnell
Symphony No. 5 In C Sharp Minor: 4. Adagietto, Sehr Langsam
Symphony No. 5 In C Sharp Minor: 5. Rondo-Finale; Allegro, Allegro Giocoso, Frisch
“There are no gimmicks in Gergiev's pacing, just clarity and sense in some of the music's most treacherous corners; you do get some nicely pushed/pulled speeds and sculpted details, but they never trespass on the symphony's line.”
“In some ways this is the most interesting of Gergiev's Mahler to date...[he] is mindful of Mahler's continuing quest for a sparer and purer kind of music...Gergiev clearly takes his cue for the opening of the symphony from Mahler's "Little Drummer Boy" - quiet, desolate, and sad.”
“This is a magnificent performance of Mahler's Fifth Symphony in every respect. The orchestral playing is consistently of the highest quality, individually and collectively, the musicians clearly inspired by the insight and total conviction of their conductor...No one can afford to ignore this record.”
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