- Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor
- Benjamin Zander Discusses Mahler's Fifth Symphony
Mahler: Symphony No. 5by Benjamin Zander
Benjamin Zander is not the most famous of today's conductors. He doesn't have a position with a world-class orchestra. Instead he leads the Boston Philharmonic, a semi professional group. Yet, everywhere Zander goes, his intensely passionate and unusually intelligent music making inspires a cult like following. The folks at Telarc had the good sense to record his superb, live Mahler Ninth with London's Philharmonia Orchestra back in 1998, and now we're treated a studio recording of the Fifth. There are many, many versions of the work available, of course, but Zander's can stand with the best of them. His approach combines the zealous intensity of Bernstein with the thoughtful sobriety of Haitink -- a winning combination in Mahler. The famous Adagietto is taken at a flowing pace, for example. Other versions -- like Bernstein's, and even Boulez's -- try to make this miniature slow movement into something more far-reaching. But Zander's flowing tempo makes it seem more like a touching intermezzo, integrating the music more convincingly into the symphony's overall structure. The Philharmonia has had a long association with this music, having recorded the Fifth with Barbirolli, Sinopoli, and others, and they're in top form here. From the grim tread of the opening funeral march to the giddy exultation of the final measures, this is a stunning and powerful realization of Mahler's ever-awesome score.
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Performance CreditsBenjamin Zander Primary Artist
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