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A great marriage between conductor and orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra now seems to be heading down a bright and musically enriched path again, under the new leadership of Yannick Nezet-Seguin, a young, energetic, emotionally invested, and intelligent conductor and director.

This reading of Mahler's 5th Symphony, recorded live at the Kimmel Center, is terrific. Each movement is well paced and contain dynamically interesting choices throughout. There are striking individual moments that stand out and engage you. It's an overall colorful, charming, intense, soothing, heartbreaking, and powerful execution of a diverse work; Mahler's first purely orchestral symphony since his 1st.

The quality here is top rate, although the brass at the very end may be a bit unevenly loud. But that is an absolutely negligible gripe of what is ultimately a marvelous submission to the Mahler symphony stockpile. I simply cannot wait to see what this man and this orchestra pull off together in the many fruitful years ahead. Bravo!


Genre: Classical

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

The Philadelphia Orchestra has been called the Rolls Royce of orchestras. Its many partisans assert that it is, and has been for nearly a century, the finest orchestra in the world. The Philadelphia Orchestra was founded in 1900. Fritz Scheel was appointed the ensemble's first music director and served until his 1907 death. In its earliest years, the orchestra could not boast the exalted reputation it would develop just two decades later, but it did manage to attract some notable figures, including...
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Mahler: Symphony No. 5, The Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Nov 01, 2011

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