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Bernstein Century - Mahler: Symphony No 5 / New York Po

Release Date: 10/28/1997 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 63084   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: n/a 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The New York Philharmonic Orchestra has a particularly great Mahler tradition that dates back to the composer leading the orchestra in 1909. On this recording, Leonard Bernstein directs the orchestra in the Symphony No.5, a performance that is part of the Bernstein Century series on Sony. A great proponent of Mahler's music, Bernstein was one of the first conductors to record all of the composer's symphonies.
The Fifth Symphony is the last work Mahler wrote before a world of grief fell upon him and his family. Mahler said "a symphony is like the world: it must embrace everything," and this is true of the Fifth Symphony. The work opens with a funeral march and concludes in triumph; all of life's travails and joys are present.
Read more grasped the duality of the work, balancing ferocity and tenderness. The opening "Trauermarsch" is dramatic, and the Scherzo almost demonic. In the famous Adagio, the New York Philharmonic strings sing with an elegant, noble tone. The finale is treated like a boisterous romp and provides a wonderfully energetic conclusion to a thrilling performance. Read less

Works on This Recording

Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/07/1963 
Venue:  Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC 
Length: 69 Minutes 22 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 A Fifth Flop March 18, 2017 By owen  ryan (lakewood, CA) See All My Reviews "Although Bernstein was known as a Mahlerian and was most influential in introducing Mahler to American audiences in the 60's, it is the general consensus that he failed at that time to come to grips with the Fifth. Twenty-five years after making this recording a live performance with the Vienna Phil. (on DG) received acclaim from critics; see my 09-29-14 review. There are far better Fifths to choose from so skip this one." Report Abuse
 What the? June 16, 2015 By John Morrow (Atlanta, GA) See All My Reviews "I have to say I am a great admirer of Bernstein's first Mahler cycle on Sony. His interpretive take is more conservative than the later set on Deutsche Gramophone, more straight forward. However, no Mahler symphonic cycle is perfect, and the weakest point in this set is this 5th.The sound is the worst. If you want a Bernstein Mahler 5 get the Deutsche Gramophone (http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/album.jsp?album_id=2626). Should you insist on this recording there is better sound to be found at http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/album.jsp?album_id=213113 There are a ton of recordings of this piece. I only have 7. Of those none is perfect, but take a look at this one: http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/album.jsp?album_id=391771 Same price, better sound, better playing,... Who would have thought the NYPO could be beaten by a YOUTH orchestra." Report Abuse
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