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Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C Sharp Minor

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The Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Daniel Barenboim performs Gustav Mahler's "Symphony No. 5 in C Sharp Minor" in this performance recorded live in 1997.
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The Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Daniel Barenboim performs Gustav Mahler's "Symphony No. 5 in C Sharp Minor" in this performance recorded live in 1997.
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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
Sir Georg Solti built the Chicago Symphony into a great Mahler orchestra. Daniel Barenboim, his successor, is not as closely associated with the composer's music, but it's clear from this expansive and intensely expressive performance that the Chicagoans remain master Mahlerians. Barenboim takes a darker view of this score than Solti did, favoring weight over brilliance. This is particularly apparent in the stormy second movement, where the music's fuming intensity seems to come from the inside out. Recorded in Cologne, Germany, during the orchestra's 1997 European tour, there's a sense of occasion here that's missing from many studio recordings of this symphony. The famous "Adagietto" (fourth movement) is marvelously rapt, and the finale has a joyous, bucolic spirit.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/1/2000
  • UPC: 807280003390
  • Source: Arthaus Musik
  • Region Code: 0
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan / Stereo
  • Sound: stereo
  • Language: English, Français, Español, Japanese
  • Time: 1:15:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 67,366

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An altogether superb presentation

    The video quality is excellent. The camera shots illuminated the various musical instruments, as they are highlighted. There is a tasteful and discrete amount of panning. This should now become the standard for all modern DVD recordings. The orchestra is a large one, almost overwhelming. However, the conductor, Daniel Barenboim, keeps them in perfect harmony, and the sound is rich and full. Both PCM Stereo and Dolby 5.1 options are available. The recording was made before a live audience, but there is unnoticeable distractions coming from this quarter. I look forward to future releases of the other Mahler¿s symphonies from Arthaus, particularly Symphonies #1 and #4 In all, this is a very satisfying and enjoyable experience for all Mahler fans, and for symphony lovers generally. A ''must buy¿ for DVD collectors of the Basic Repertoire of Classical Music.

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