Mahler: Symphony No. 5
The Philadelphia Orchestra & Yannick Nézet-Séguin
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||Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp Minor : Part I: 1. Trauermarsch. In gemessenem Schritt. Streng. Wie ein Kondukt||The Philadelphia Orchestra & Yannick Nézet-Séguin||13:12||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp Minor : Part I: 2. Stürmisch bewegt. Mit grösster Vehemenz||The Philadelphia Orchestra & Yannick Nézet-Séguin||15:11||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp Minor : Part II: 3. Scherzo. Kräftig, nicht zu schnell||The Philadelphia Orchestra & Yannick Nézet-Séguin||17:50||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp Minor : Part III: 4. Adagietto. Sehr langsam||The Philadelphia Orchestra & Yannick Nézet-Séguin||10:32||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp Minor : Part III: 5. Rondo-Finale: Allegro giocoso. Frisch||The Philadelphia Orchestra & Yannick Nézet-Séguin||15:36||Album Only||View in iTunes|
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!
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