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|Gustav Mahler, Claudio Abbado, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra|
Mahler: Symphony No.5
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The applause tells it all
Matthew | Greenfield, Indiana | 06/30/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"After you read enough Mahler reviews, you start to get tired of seeing all the recordings described by comparison with other recordings you haven't heard and probably don't wish to spend the time or money to buy. "Though not as sanguine as von Willenbrand's early recording, it is a good deal more pointed than Peyronie's performance," etc. Unfortunately, there comes a point where the best way to describe one recording is with reference to another recording.There are better recordings than this one. There's nothing really "wrong" with this one. The performance is technically precise, and the sound is very good. On the other hand, it's lacking something, and it's difficult to say what. Maestro Abbado has given us some thrilling Mahler recordings - his recording of the first is fantastic, and both of his sevenths are very well done. This fifth, though, fails to make the journey from depths of despair to heights of jubilation. Some might call it emotionally detached, but emotional overload is the point with Mahler. For emotional detachment, I can listen to Haydn.You can hear it in the audience's response - at the end of the Mahler first, the audience explodes into enthusiastic applause and cheers, and rightly so. Here, the applause is more tepid, as though those present said to themselves, "Oh, they're done? I guess we'd better acknowledge."Though I cannot claim a comprehensive knowledge of all the "essential" Mahler 5ths out there, I would recommend instead Bernstein with the VPO (especially the first two movements), Solti's digital performance with the CSO, or Levine with Philadelphia (sadly, out of print - what a great recording)."
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The search for an ideal Mahler 5 isn't easy, despite the abundance of recordings: Karajan's , like Walter's, contains a couple of mistakes, Barbirolli's is interestingly different but the tempi don't always work, and others fail to inspire. Abbado's interpretation isn't radical, but its very musical and well thought out.The Adagio is relatively swift at less than 10 minutes, but this is now accepted as Mahler's likely speed, and works very well. This live recording contains a few chair squeaks, and the accompaniment to the first violin melody is a tiny bit too quiet, but these hardly marr a brilliant performance, in excellent digital sound."
Still One Of The Best Mahler 5th Symphony Recordings
John Kwok | New York, NY USA | 07/24/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Claudio Abbado's live recording of Mahler's 5th Symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic is still regarded as among the best. While Mahler fans may prefer other recordings by the likes of Bernstein, Rattle, Barbirolli, and Levine for their emotionally stirring interpretations, Abbado's most recent account has much to recommend it, not only for its excellent sound quality. His interpretation strikes a fine balance between a radical emotional reading and a more clinical approach, emphasizing the lyrical qualities of Mahler's score. I agree with a previous reviewer who finds Abbado's interpretation as one that is well thought out, even if some may find the tempi a bit too brisk."