Mahler: Symphony No. 5

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COMPOSERS: Mahler
LABELS: Sony
WORKS: Symphony No. 5
PERFORMER: Vienna PO/Lorin Maazel
CATALOGUE NO: SMK 60024
Heavy and deliberate as Maazel’s idiosyncratic point of view undoubtedly is, you can’t fault the execution, very much on the side of Mahler the modernist. Jagged textures stand revealed throughout, offset by richly resonant sound and characteristically warm VPO strings worked to the bone in an attempt to realise as many of the detailed dynamics as possible. I confess a personal nostalgia for the very Viennese waltzes and ländlers of this scherzo, fondly remembered from youthful impressions of the same work, players and conductor on a first-time visit to Vienna. David Nice

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