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1. Sym No. 5 in B flat: I. Introduction: Adagio - Allegro
2. Sym No. 5 in B flat: II. Sehr langsam
3. Sym No. 5 in B flat: III. Scherzo: Molto vivace - Trio
4. Sym No. 5 in B flat: IV. Finale: Adagio - Allegro molto

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A solid Bruckner Fifth with excellent sound 3 Jun. 2011
By Kenneth Bergman - Published on Amazon.com
Bruckner: Symphony No. 5, The Cleveland Orchestra (Dohnanyi)

I'll have to confess up front that I'm not all that fond of this symphony, even though it contains some truly awesome moments, such as the concluding measures of the finale. One problem is that the first and last movements are very episodic, even for Bruckner, with puzzling pauses and sudden changes in direction. I also have the feeling that Bruckner was trying too hard to be intellectually "clever" at the expense of musicality in these movements.

The introduction is splendid, but the main theme of the first movement doesn't lend itself to development very well and becomes monotonous after several repetitions. In the finale, Bruckner attempted to combine standard sonata-form components with fugal episodes. Mozart carried this idea off successfully in his Jupiter symphony, and Beethoven (who was really Bruckner's model) combines these elements in the choral finale of the Ninth -- more or less successfully, depending on your point of view. But to me the Bruckner movement seems pasted together out of incongruous sections, plus starting with unneeded references to other movements a la Beethoven. In Beethoven that served a purpose; here it does not. There's no denying the spine-tingling power of the coda, though, when the chorale theme returns.

The best Bruckner Fifth that I've heard is Furtwaengler's 1942 performance in Nazi Germany, now preserved with surprisingly good sound on CD, but even his performance is not entirely convincing. Furtwaengler took relatively fast tempi, especially in the slow movement, compared to other conductors, including Dohnanyi. The slow movement is marked "sehr langsam," which Furtwarngler more or less ignored, but he did keep this movement from bogging down. Dohnanyi's tempi are middle-of-the-road when compared to other recordings; his slow movement does tend to plod along (though not nearly as badly as von Karajan's) but I guess that's what Bruckner wanted. Dohnanyi's treatment of the scherzo is very good and in this case the equal of Furtwaengler's.

Overall, Dohnanyi seems to do what he can to make sense of this symphony, and I think the result is solid and quite good in comparison with other available recordings. An impressive feature to me is the quality of the sound. The dynamic range is broad, with very quiet pianissimos and very strong fortissimos. I don't agree with the comments of another reviewer about "dull" or "tubby" sound. The brass really shine in this recording, in my opinion. Strong brass is a must for any Bruckner symphony.

I don't think one could go wrong with Dohnanyi's fine performance here.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A well-proportioned but exciting Bruckner Fifth from the overlooked Dohnanyi 14 Feb. 2009
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
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During his 18 years with the Cleveland Orch. (1984-2002), Dohnanyi accumulated a sizable discography, but it sems that he's largely fogotten. Decca keeps his CDs in print spottily, but here at Amazon Marketplace a great many sell at super-bargain prices, like this Bruckner Fifth from 1991. The Gramophone's resident Bruckner expert, Richard Osborne, described the performance as "gaunt, dramatic, and as fiercely concentrated" as any account he had ever heard. In particular he priased Dohnanyi for not fudging the long expanse of the work by artificially revving up the tempo and injecting upbeat emotions where the composer doesn't call for them.

I was intrigued, even though I htought I'd placed Dohnanyi's Bruckner considerably lower than Karajan's for being foursquare and literal. On second hearing, those qualities remain, but I now hear a well balanced reading that plans the overall pacing of the work very well -- for once, the music doesn't go by fits and starts, and the first and last movements feel less episodic than usual. Also, one feels more depth in the interpretation than from, say, Welser-Most on EMI and less inflated portentousness than from Barenboim and the Berliners on Teldec. This is very seasoned, serious, powerful playing of a European order. For those who care about editions, Dohnanyi uses Nowak, and his timings are middle-of-the-raod: Welser-Most 70 min., Barenboim 72 minutes, Dohnanyi 74, Schuricht 77, Karajan 81 (most of Karajan's slowness comes from an extremely broad Adagio -- some would label it perversely slow). As for the sonics, Decca chose to employ Severance Hall, with its dry acoustic but compensate with close miking. I hear a ibt of dullness on top and tubbiness on bottom. Otherwise, the sound is quite acceptable.

In the end, I'm glad to get the chance to re-evaluate Dohnanyi's strengths and find this Bruckner Fifth a real success.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Bruckner 5 not to everyone's liking, well recorded, extraneous 1 Jun. 2012
By RLB - Published on Amazon.com
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Firstly, the recording is just fine. Others complaining about recordings sonic problems; don't mean to sound snobby, but's it your system. The flutes are crystal clear, brass is loud and resonant, dynamic range excellent.
The problem is this performance, no matter what words Gramophone used, WON'T be to everyon's taste. Dohanyi is deliberately imposing his wishes on the symphony; esp Bruckner's phrasing. So this recording turns out to be Dohnanyi's wishes imposed on and conducting Bruckner with the Cleveland orchestra. I don't find the performance to be necessary in a Bruckner collection, even though Bruckner needs at least 1 or 2 interpretations of each symphony - this one is extraneous. Fortunately, I only payed ONE PENNY - and the shipping fee.
Wand offers a very fine Bruckner 5 on RCA.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
great Fifth 13 Dec. 2011
By Barnard D. Sherman - Published on Amazon.com
"I don't think I have ever heard a Bruckner performance that is more physically exciting than this" said Gramo, and I'll second them. And wait, there's more. The orchestra is excellent, the textures are transparent but organic, and the symphony coheres more than usual. It starts at two per bar (as it should but rarely does), and moves forward naturally through all its ebbs and flows. Yes, Furtwangler and Jochum were the greatest interpreters of this work, and the new Haitink/Bavarian is said to be the finest digital recording yet (can't afford it) but if you want a great orchestra and significant interpreter in excellent modern sound Cleveland/ Dohnanyi is an underrated gem. With new copies selling at $1.79, why wait?
Outstanding Bruckner 5 from Dohnányi/Cleveland 15 Aug. 2014
By Kettle - Published on Amazon.com
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Zeroing in on the thematic heart of Bruckner's 5th symphony is no easy task. It's like grabbing in the dark at something which has no shape, in an effort to bring home even a morsel of something tangible. Skillful exploration - and a lot of intuition - seem the only way to navigate this disparate work.

Fortunately Dohnányi's instincts are finely honed and his ability to make form out of the formlessness is second to none. The sense of a strong narrative is never in doubt and it's an especial treat to be on the listening end of what is undoubtedly a labor of love for Dohnányi, duly imparted to the Cleveland Orchestra who play their collective hearts out.

Warm, rich sonics top off a priceless experience.
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