Notes and Editorial Reviews
With this release of the Symphony No.5, Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra continue their survey of Mahler's symphonies. Among its most distinctive features are the trumpet solo that opens the work (which calls to mind Beethoven's fifth), the horn solos in the third movement and the popular Adagietto. Lasting over an hour, both the musical canvas and emotional scope of this work are vast. A daunting challenge for any orchestra, under Daniel Harding the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra offers listeners a performance to remember.
Harding’s strategy is not to duck the composer’s frequent
recourses to extremity but to meet them head-on. In a market where modern rivals sound pedestrian or perfumed with finesse by comparison, this Fifth raises high hopes for what the graphic cover artwork implies may become a complete cycle.
Not everyone will take to Daniel Harding’s mostly leisurely, studied approach to Mahler’s Fifth…but what spectacular playing! Who knew the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, of which he is principal conductor, could be quite as electrifying as this? Horns and trumpets are paramount, as they have to be in this symphony. The strings are world-class, too, nuanced and capable of powerful accents.
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Works on This Recording
Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor by Gustav Mahler
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria
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