Symphony no 5 in C sharp minorby Gustav Mahler Conductor:
Herbert von Karajan
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria Date of Recording: 02/1973 Venue: Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany Length: 73 Minutes 45 Secs.
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For Karajan Fans April 21, 2016By Christopher Abbot (Vineyard Haven, MA)See All My Reviews"This disc represents Herbert von Karajan's first recording of a Mahler symphony for DGG; he would go on to record the Fourth, Sixth, Ninth (twice) and Das Lied von der Erde, as well as the Kindertotenlieder and Ruckertlieder. His Mahler could generally be placed mid-way between Bernstein and Boulez, neither wholly passionate nor analytical, but combining elements of both approaches. Karajan favored contrasting tempos in this symphony: the 'suddenly faster' section in the first movement is really fast, while the Adagietto sounds bloated, reaching almost 13 minutes. The sound production was pretty impressive on LP in 1975; now, and especially in this format, it has a glassy sheen that doesn't wear well, and orchestral detail is mostly absent. Just 20 years later with this same orchestra and on the same label, Claudio Abbado would conduct the Mahler Fifth in a much more satisfactory performance. It was once available on SACD, which was an audible improvement on the initial CD release, and is worth seeking out. Blu-ray Audio is an evolving format. This particular release doesn't do justice to what can be found on productions that were recorded for Blu-ray release: the recent set of Sibelius symphonies, featuring the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, is a far better indication of what Blu-ray Audio can offer (and I highly recommend that set)."Report Abuse