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