MAHLER Symphony No 5 (2010)

Mahler

London Symphony Orchestra

Valery Gergiev

Mahler began his Fifth Symphony in 1901. This had been a turbulent year: in February, after a near-fatal haemorrhage, Mahler had resigned as conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; at about the same time he met his future wife, Alma Schindler, and fell passionately in love. All this seems to have left its mark on the Fifth Symphony’s character and musical argument. But as Mahler was at pains to point out, that doesn’t ultimately give us the ‘meaning’ of the Fifth Symphony. For that, one has to look directly at the music. The first movement is a grim Funeral March, opening with a trumpet fanfare, quiet at first but growing menacingly. At its height, the full orchestra thunders in with an unmistakable funereal tread. Shuddering string trills and deep, rasping horn notes evoke Death in full grotesque pomp. Then comes a more intriguing pointer: the quieter march theme that follows is clearly related to Mahler’s song ‘Der Tambourg’sell’ (‘The Drummer Lad’), which tells of a pitiful young deserter facing execution – no more grandeur, just pity and desolationtra

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London Symphony Orchestra

The LSO was formed in 1904 as London’s first self-governing orchestra and has been resident orchestra at the Barbican since 1982. Valery Gergiev became Principal Conductor in 2007 following in the footsteps of Hans Richter, Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Thomas Beecham, André Previn, Claudio Abbado and Michael Tilson Thomas, among others. Sir Colin Davis had previously held the position since 1995 and from 2007 became the LSO’s first President since Leonard Bernstein. The Orchestra gives numerous concerts around the world each year, plus more performances in London than any other orchestra. It is the world’s most recorded symphony orchestra and has appeared on some of the greatest classical recordings and film soundtracks. The LSO also runs LSO Discovery, its ground-breaking education programme that is dedicated to introducing the finest music to young and old alike and lets everyone learn more from the Orchestra’s players. For more information visit lso.co.uk

Valery Gergiev

Valery Gergiev is Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Stars of the White Nights Festival (St Petersburg), the Moscow Easter Festival, the Gergiev Rotterdam Festival, the Mikkeli International Festival, and the Red Sea Festival in Eilat, Israel. His inspired leadership as Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre since 1988 has brought universal acclaim to this legendary institution. Born in Moscow, he studied conducting with Ilya Musin at the Leningrad Conservatory, won the Herbert von Karajan Conductors’ Competition aged 24, and made his Mariinsky Opera debut one year later conducting Prokofiev’s War and Peace. In 2003 he led St Petersburg’s 300th anniversary celebrations, and opened the Carnegie Hall season with the Mariinsky Orchestra,the first Russian conductor to do so since Tchaikovsky conducted the Hall’s inaugural concert in 1891. Valery Gergiev’s many awards include a Grammy, the Dmitri Shostakovich Award, the Golden Mask Award, People’s Artist of Russia Award, and France’s Royal Order of the Legion of Honour. His vast discography includes Russian operas, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky Symphonies, and numerous discs on the LSO Live and Mariinsky labels, including a Mahler Symphony cycle, Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle, Wagner’s Parsifal, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and a disc of Debussy’s music.

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MAHLER Symphony No 5 (2010)

Mahler

London Symphony Orchestra

Producer: James Malinson
Recording Engineer: Jonathan Stokes (Classic Sound Ltd)
Recording location: Barbican London
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Symphony No 5 - Trauermarsch
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Symphony No 5 - Stuermisch bewegt, mit groesster Vehemenz
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Symphony No 5 - Scherzo
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