- Audio CD (10 Mar 1998)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Conifer Classics
- ASIN: B0000062B8
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,220 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. Sym No.5 in c#; Part I: 1st Mvt-Trauermarsch (In Gemessenem Schritt-Streng-Wie Ein Kondukt) - Ian Balmain|
|2. Sym No.5 in c#; Part I: Second Mvt-Sturmisch Bewegt, Mit Grosster Vehemenz|
|3. Sym No.5 in c#; Part II: Third Mvt-Scherzo (Kraftig, Nicht Zu Schnell) - John Bimson|
|4. Sym No.5 in c#; Part III: Fourth Mvt-Adagietto (Sehr Langsam)|
|5. Sym No.5 in c#; Part III: Fifth Mvt-Rondo-Finale (Allegro)|
Gatti grabs attention even with the opening notes. The rhythmic snap of the trumpet solo is a little startling at first, but then seems entirely right. And the rest of the performance distinguishes itself with the same combination of deep feeling and fresh perspective. In no way does Gatti short-change the "big moments." Indeed, when the chorale theme swells and ardently blooms at the end of the last movement, it brings as much of a tingle to the spine as one could ever hope to experience.
Gatti is a huge find, a conductor who undoubtedly will be making a name for himself in years to come. I hope he continues to explore the Mahler canon. What do you say, BMG -- how about the Second next?