Friday, August 20, 2010

Mahler Symphony No 5 by LPO 2001

The musical canvas and emotional scope of the work, which lasts over an hour, are huge. After its premiere, Mahler is reported to have said,
“Nobody understood it. I wish I could conduct the first performance fifty years after my death.”
Conductor Herbert von Karajan said that when one hears Mahler's Fifth, “you forget that time has passed. A great performance of the Fifth is a transforming experience. The fantastic finale almost forces you to hold your breath.”
Sorry - not by the LPO but a fine version - this is one of my favourite pieces of classical music.

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