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  • Audio CD (31 Aug. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Teldec
  • ASIN: B00000DHJ1
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 236,783 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C-Sharp Minor: I. TrauermarschDaniel Barenboim12:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Symphony No. 5 in C-Sharp Minor: II. Stürmisch bewegt, mit grösster VehemenzDaniel Barenboim14:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No. 5 in C-Sharp Minor: III. Scherzo - Kräftig, nicht zu schnellDaniel Barenboim16:42£1.29  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No. 5 in C-Sharp Minor: IV. AdagiettoDaniel Barenboim 9:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphony No. 5 in C-Sharp Minor: V. Rondo - Finale - AllegroDaniel Barenboim15:38£1.29  Buy MP3 

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nobody TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 May 2013
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There have been many recordings of Mahler's Fifth and many still available. I can't claim to have heard them all or anywhere near so I can only speak as I find with this version. Quality varies greatly but the almost schizophrenic nature of the piece must make it a nightmare for conductors to interpret.

Reasons to Recommend:
1. Firstly a remarkable budget price - but this is no bargain basement recording;
2. Superb live recording quality - ok you hear the odd polite cough but this only adds to the sense of being at an event and not a sanitised studio. I'm glad they weren't edited out and the sound is detailed and spacious anyway.
3. Interpretation - this is the main reason to purchase because this is a very well-paced version that never drags but never sounds strained either. There is no sense of this being an emotionally restrained version, which is a key point because it tracks a journey from darkness to light. Barenboim traces this difficult journey without resorting to histrionics or melodrama. That's not to say the more heated versions by Frank Shipway or Leonard Bernstein don't have a lot to recommend them. Having said all that; he certainly doesn't have the feel for this music in the way, say, that Klaus Tennstedt has.

Reasons Not to Recommend:
1. If you don't like live recordings or the odd cough.
2. Orchestral Playing: The CSO is a fine orchestra with a famed brass section but both the brass and strings often sound stiff, harsh and unyielding. Orchestras that are more familiar with this work make it sing, dance and sigh in a way that the CSO doesn't manage here.

Sorry that's all I've got. I am, overall, quite impressed with this but I'll not pretend it is the best when there are so many alternatives available: At this price though you can afford this and to try others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John HOLLAS on 22 April 2013
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This is a bargain price recording of a performance of Mahler 5 which is anything but bargain bnasement. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra are on superb form for the maestro. Recording quality is first class.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By des teovski on 5 Oct. 2011
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Heard a bit of Mahler on radio and decided I needed more.This is beautiful,moving music that sails me away to a better place- I don't know where!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Wow! 26 Oct. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a great performance. I think this is one of the best recordings of this work available now. Movements 1-4 are especially well done, and my only complaint about the last movement is that the tempi seem a little too slow in certain sections. Barenboim does make the finale more exciting, however, by putting an accelerando in during the last statement of the theme, which is different and also more interesting than just holding the same tempo till the end, as most conductors typically do. The Chicago Symphony plays more accurately than the Vienna Phil did for the Bernstein recording, and the brass section, in particular, sounds really spectacular.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely Amazing!! 13 Mar. 2001
By S.A. Tiger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This recording enters a catalog full of great performances. But I can't imagine a better performance than the one presented on this disc. The first movement begins with an unaccompanied trumpet solo. As far as notes and rhythms are concerned, the solo is not difficult. But the fact that this is an unaccompanied solo and the fact that it is the first notes heard in the symphony causes even the most talented soloists to sweat. After all, you never get a second chance to make a first impression in a live performance. The soloist in this recording makes a great first impression. One senses a natural unfolding of the solo. The beautiful tone quality achieved by the soloist forshadows the playing of the orchestra to come. The Chicago Symphony plays so flawlessly that you won't believe it's a live recording. Just listen to the lower strings at the beginning of the second movement. They play with incredible intensity. I like the slower tempo taken by Barenboim in this movement. It makes the music sound fresh. Let's face it. This is a complicated, noisy movement that can sound muddy if played by those less capable. Under Barenboim's steady hand, the tempo never drags. The Adagietto is moving, especially the final bars. Again, the basses shine at the end of the movement. The final movement, like the second, can be mishandled. Once again, Barenboim adopts a slower tempo which allows for more intensity and clarity. Of course, the CSO is famous for it's brass section. Brass fans will not be disappointed. In spite of the bombastic nature of this symphony (that is a good thing), the clarity of the recorded sound is amazing, probably thanks to rather close microphone placement. Unfortunately, it exposes a few minor mistakes from the percussion section. Hey, nobody's perfect. The cover photo is cool too. Nice packaging. Informative notes in three languages and a roster of the CSO. I put it at the top of the catalog.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Vast improvement over Solti 4 Mar. 2000
By emmkay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is my favorite Mahler 5. From Solti's two recordings I already knew that the CSO is in a class of its own in this piece. Yet, I always found Solti's tempos a bit restless and inappropriately fast, particularly in the first and fourth movements. Here with Barenboim we have a far better reading. I know no other recording that is more true to the score. The CSO has such a phenomenal sense of ensemble that you can hear every line without ever sacrificing togetherness. Add to that a range of dynamics and a palette of colors no other orchestra can match. The only thing better is to hear them live...
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Among the Best Versions of Mahler's 5th Symphony 11 May 2001
By John Kwok - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This splendid recording of Mahler's 5th Symphony is unquestionably among the best out there. Barenboim and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra give a more passionate, technically perfect reading than the critically acclaimed Deutsche Grammophon version with Bernstein and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. The Chicago Symphony's brass section gives some of its most polished, lyrical playing that I've heard recorded. Yet the other sections, most notably the strings and woodwinds, play with the brass' high level of precision and passion. Barenboim's reading of Mahler's score is livelier and faster than Bernstein's, though he does opt for slower tempi in the second and fourth movements to bring forth these movements' rich textures with greater clarity than Bernstein ever did. The sound quality is impeccable; it certainly doesn't sound like a live recording. I'd venture to say that this fine recording will be remembered as one of Barenboim's great artistic triumphs with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
INCREDIBLE!!! 5 Sept. 2000
By William B. Knight - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I can say it in one sentence.....This is the all-time best recording of anything I have ever owned. Being a tubist myself, I have listened to every CSO recording I can get my hands on. This one stands out. One can hear every line, every motif. The Chicago brass puts in everything they got... Dale, Adolph, Charles Vernon and Gene Pokorny, it's just incredible. I will cherish this cd for as long as I live.
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