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Symphony 5 Import

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  • Audio CD (March 10 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Conifer
  • ASIN: B0000062B8
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1. Sym No.5 in c#; Part I: 1st Mvt-Trauermarsch (In Gemessenem Schritt-Streng-Wie Ein Kondukt) - Ian Balmain
2. Sym No.5 in c#; Part I: Second Mvt-Sturmisch Bewegt, Mit Grosster Vehemenz
3. Sym No.5 in c#; Part II: Third Mvt-Scherzo (Kraftig, Nicht Zu Schnell) - John Bimson
4. Sym No.5 in c#; Part III: Fourth Mvt-Adagietto (Sehr Langsam)
5. Sym No.5 in c#; Part III: Fifth Mvt-Rondo-Finale (Allegro)

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The Fifth makes exceptional demands on orchestra and conductor alike, and Gatti and the Royal Philharmonic rise handsomely to the occasion in this 1997 recording. The performance is an energetic one, even fierce in places (especially when it comes to tempo), but always under firm control. Gatti, the RPO's music director since 1996, clearly knows the score very well. He elicits an interesting pointing of rhythm from the band, clarifying Mahler's contrapuntal strands and ensuring that the symphony's gigantic climaxes never degenerate into a chaotic welter of sound. His is above all an expressive reading of the score, not merely a literal realization. One feels a presence behind the interpretation, and a definite sensitivity to Mahler's idiom and expressive aim. Owing to the venue, London's Henry Wood Hall, the sound is a bit bright in the loudest passages. --Ted Libbey

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9f3c0ef4) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f0f7474) out of 5 stars Stylish and individual, but entirely Mahler too March 24 2000
By RaabH - Published on
Format: Audio CD
After hearing Gatti's superb Mahler Fourth I invested in this CD as well. I was not disappointed. Gatti has an individual way with Mahler, but there is never any sense that he is taking undue liberties or distorting the music. Indeed, I suspect that Mahler himself would be very approving of this kind of stylish performance. (Well, better this than the drab literalism of, say, a Gilbert Kaplan!)
Gatti grabs attention even with the opening notes. The rhythmic snap of the trumpet solo is a little startling at first, but then seems entirely right. And the rest of the performance distinguishes itself with the same combination of deep feeling and fresh perspective. In no way does Gatti short-change the "big moments." Indeed, when the chorale theme swells and ardently blooms at the end of the last movement, it brings as much of a tingle to the spine as one could ever hope to experience.
Gatti is a huge find, a conductor who undoubtedly will be making a name for himself in years to come. I hope he continues to explore the Mahler canon. What do you say, BMG -- how about the Second next?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f0f7528) out of 5 stars definitely worthwhile Oct. 8 2006
By FL Traverso - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I think I heard the same things as the previous reviewer, but... Yes, Gatti is keen on bringing
out the numerous details Mahler specifies in this score, almost to the extent of fastidiousness,
but it is all to the good effect, as the symphony here sounds so richly expressive and
quite individualistic, which fits Mahler to a T to many people including me. The recorded
sound is not, as said by some, "ludicrous" (as exaggerated?) but truly dynamic and
clear to hear. Not the best recording ever of this piece (what is?) but definitely
worth a try, and I am sure I will listen to it again from time to time.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f0f6948) out of 5 stars A young man's Mahler, fresh and often impetuous Oct. 26 2005
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The young Gatti made his mark by revitalizing familiar works, adding his own fresh take. Like Gustavo Dudamel, who has recently released his own bright-eyed, impetuous Mahler Fifth, Gatti's is highly expressive and free in its phrasing. The first movement is a bit stop and go, but after that Gatti shoots straight ahead, opting for thrills in the fast parts and heart on sleeve in the slow ones. The Royal Phil. isn't up to the Berlin Phil. in executing Mahler's demanding orchestral writing, and the ensemble turns a little helter-skelter at times, but the playing sounds committed and involved (unlike, say, the playing that Maazel gets from the Vienna Phil. on Sony). The recording is clear, if not remarkable, and serves the score well. In any event, a fine Mahler Fifth that succeeds through the conductor's considerable imagination and enthusiasm for the music.

P.S. 2010 -the above review was written when Gatti had peaked, traveling among the major orchestras as a Mahler specialist. His reputation hasn't risen since then, and his tenure at the Royal Phil. wasn't the galvanizing event that it could have been. The problem, I suspect, isn't entirely his. We live in an era where the Mahler Fifth has been recorded more successfully than the Beethoven Fifth. In the Sixties this recording would have seemed astonishing, but today it seems very good but not inspired.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f383be8) out of 5 stars The Most Dynamic Yet Dec 9 2007
By Hannibal - Published on
Format: Audio CD
It's been quite a few years since I first heard and bought this magnificent performance of Mahler's mighty Fifth Symphony, and nothing has since appeared to dislodge it as the very best available to the public.

I think it fair to say that this symphony is most famous because of its Adagio which was used unforgettably in the movies and at President Kennedy's funeral. However, the vast majority of the score contains thunderous fortissimos and dynamically stirring allegros - in short, most exciting stuff. And this, Gatti delivers better than anyone else.