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Mahler: Symphony No 5 / Barbirolli, New Philharmonia


Release Date: 01/12/1999 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 66962   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Recipient of the Penguin Rosette: "On any count this is one of the greatest, most warmly affecting accounts ever committed to disc, expansive, yet concentrated in feeling: the Adagietto is very moving indeed." -- The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs & DVDs [2003/4 edition] Recipient of the Penguin Rosette: "On any count this is one of the greatest, most warmly affecting accounts ever committed to disc, expansive, yet concentrated in feeling: the Adagietto is very moving indeed." -- The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs & DVDs [2003/4 edition] Read less

Works on This Recording

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Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1969 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 74 Minutes 29 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 A Benchmark Mahler Fifth March 18, 2017 By owen  ryan (lakewood, CA) See All My Reviews "Mahler described the Fifth ''as 'man in the full light of day who has reached the climax of his life.' The music moves from tragedy to joy, from darkness to noonday. It is haunted by the military sounds he heard in his childhood, Bugle-calls and drums sound through the symphony.''(Michael Kennedy, booklet notes). In awarding a Rosette to this recording Penguin Guide declared ''this is one of the greatest accounts ever committed to disc.'' The acute listener may discern a slight misstep here or there by the orchestra and might quibble about Barbirolli's reading but as stated by Gramophone this is ''a performance so big in spirit and warm of heart as to silence any rational discussion of its shortcomings.'' This 1969 recording was remastered by EMI's talented Simon Gibson. This was originally a mid-priced offering, I don't know when it became $16-. It is reissued by Warner for $3- less. Highly recommended." Report Abuse
 Barbirolli and Mahler's Fifth June 13, 2012 By Rebecca B. See All My Reviews "I am not a musician, nor a music critic--only a listener and concert attendee. I am moved by all nine of Mahler's symphonies and am continually in awe of what the man was able to do. This version of the 5th was recommended by Norman Lebrecht in his book Why Mahler? How One Man and Ten Symphonies Changed the World. (I recommend this book, a good source for Mahler info.) Not being informed enough to write a cogent musical analysis, I can only say that this CD is a strong, full-bodied and heartfelt rendering of the Fifth. I can only compare it to the performance by the Alabama Symphony (don't be prejudiced; this is a great orchestra, played at Carnegie Hall this past May) in their final concert of this year---and both versions left me stunned." Report Abuse
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