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Mahler: Symphonie No 5 / Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker

Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 423608   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Bernstein, who related strongly to Mahler’s angst, demonstrated a visceral empathy with his music. His live Deutsche Grammophon recording of Mahler's Symphony No. 5, conducting the Vienna Philharmonic just a few years before his death in 1990, illustrates the power of his Romantic, emotive approach. Bernstein harnessed the impeccable technique and glorious sound of the Vienna musicians in a performance full of demonic excitement, sweeping tragedy and blazing climaxes, with the velvet sound of the strings used to poignant effect in the famous Adagietto.

--Vivien Schweitzer, New York Times


[T]he Fifth Symphony has been exceptionally fortunate on record (Inbal on
Read more Denon and the highly individual but glorious Barbirolli always demand consideration) but Bernstein on DG is unlikely to be surpassed in the foreseeable future.

-- Gramophone [7/1989]
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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1987 
Venue:  Live  Alte Oper, Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany 
Length: 75 Minutes 0 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No.5 in C sharp minor: 1. Trauermarsch (In gemessenem Schritt. Streng. Wie ein Kondukt - Plötzlich schneller. Leidenschaftlich. Wild - Tempo I)
Symphony No.5 in C sharp minor: 2. Stürmisch bewegt. Mit größter Vehemenz - Bedeutend langsamer - Tempo I subito
Symphony No.5 in C sharp minor: 3. Scherzo (Kräftig, nicht zu schnell)
Symphony No.5 In C Sharp Minor: 4. Adagietto (Sehr langsam)
Symphony No.5 in C sharp minor: 5. Rondo-Finale (Allegro)

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