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© 2008 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
℗ 2008 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
Recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall, London, on 16 January 2008
Total playing time: 70:38
Booklet text in English and German
DDD Stereo
Released June 2008

CD: Mahler – Symphony No. 5

LPO conducted by Jaap van Zweden

Mahler Symphony No. 5

Jaap van Zweden conductor
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Pieter Schoeman leader

Gustav Mahler composed his Fifth Symphony in the summers of 1901 and 1902 whilst staying at the Wörthersee in the Austrian Alps, and the influence of nature around him is unquestionable, particularly in the third movement. Elsewhere, Mahler's personal life is reflected in the themes of death, marital love and exuberant joy. Jaap van Zweden is a renowned interpreter of Mahler; in this live performance recorded in January 2008, he conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in an outstanding, energetic reading of this powerful work.

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Reviews

‘This performance of Mahler's Fifth Symphony is as absorbing on CD as it was when I heard it live in the Festival Hall in January …There is also a sweep to the performance, and plenty of energy, with the Adagietto played as a tender intermezzo rather than as a scene-grabbing indulgence. The whole orchestra plays magnificently, but it would be remiss not to commend the firmly focused solo trumpet and subtly inflected obbligato horn.’
Matthew Rye, The Daily Telegraph, 21 June 2008

‘The performance has a sense of purpose and excitement. Van Zweden, a former leader of the Concertgebouw, segues smoothly between moods, and ... delivers an account that is absorbing right into the tumultuous applause.’
Rick Jones, The Times, 5 July 2008

‘He unfolds the drama of the first movement with a sure grasp of the need for subtle variations of tempo … the finale is a joyous, life-affirming rondo that lifts the spirits.’
Michael Kennedy, The Sunday Telegraph, 10 August 2008

‘Jaap van Zweden’s conducting of the London Philharmonic is sure-handed throughout this high-quality live concert recording.’
Alexander Bryce, Scotland on Sunday, 16 November 2008

‘His interpretation brought the house down. The first movement starts at a brisk pace, while the famous Adagietto is perfectly measured and quite magnificent. The sound is superb.’
Gavin Engelbrecht, Northern Echo, 30 October 2008

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