It rarely happens, but I found myself so spellbound while first listening to Valery Gergiev's Mahler Fourth that I immediately played it a second time, following with rapt attention every detail of this outstanding performance. This is Mahler playing at its best: full of underlying tensions, quirky, but highly melodic, dynamic and with deep awareness of every detail and, at the same time, the structure as a whole. Camilla Tilling's radiant soprano and her intonation are perfect in the Finale. Gergiev is one of the most thoughtful, charismatic and humble among the truly great conductors of today. The World Orchestra for Peace (WOP), composed of volunteer principals and prominent players from all over the world, is a stellar ensemble indeed and the two BBC Prom concerts are captured in brilliant video and uncompressed, glorious audio (bravo Unitel!). The Fifth is presented on the same high level, with the necessary gravitas in the first movement, biting ferociousness in the second, plenty of spunk in the moody, eerie Scherzo - Mahler's reconstruction of a Vienna waltz into a danse macabre - and a wonderfully soulful Adagietto. The final movement is rather grim and a bit disjointed than blatantly triumphant, and this makes a lot of sense to me. Again: Mahler at his best. The bonus gives a brief history of the WOP, which was founded by Sir Georg Solti and, since his death, is under the directorship of Valery Gergiev, who is considered "Solti's successor". Whatever the reasons might be, Gergiev's temperament and interpretive style are miles away from Solti's work which could be hard-driven, abrupt and un-introspective. Despite their lack of artistic kinship, both conductors share a deep commitment to global peace: a commitment unfortunately not lived by many political leaders. The Royal Albert Hall audience - all 8000+ of them - are wildly enthusiastic, and rightly so.