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Symphony 5 [DVD] [2000]

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  • Actors: Daniel Barenboim, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Format: Classical, PAL
  • Language: German
  • Dubbed: Dutch, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Swedish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: ARTHAUS
  • DVD Release Date: 5 April 2000
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00004T8H0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,169 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Daniel Barenboim leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in this performance of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No.5, recorded live at the Musik Triennale Köln, in 1997.


Barenboim's Mahler Five begins with a certain sense of detachment and continues that way, seeming both calculated and calculating by turns. The composer's famous aphorism about the process of symphonic composition being in the nature of "building a world" is quoted in the excellent and detailed booklet notes (no shortage of scholarship here), so it's intriguing to observe how Barenboim chooses to contain the warmth and passion inherent in the work. In building a world, perhaps, one must perforce define its boundaries, yet at the same time it's this very process of containment that draws attention to these qualities. Musically, then, this is undoubtedly an interesting piece of work. In production terms, we're offered a very good argument for the DVD as a vehicle for orchestral performance. What may appear at first glance to be irritatingly skittish camerawork is in fact a perfect demonstration of how careful direction can draw attention to particular areas of the orchestra at exactly the right moment. The sound quality, though aggressively digital, is airy and detailed. --Roger Thomas

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Jan 2002
Daniel Barenboim often receives reviews commenting on the ways in which he can distort the perceptions of the composers he interprets. Certainly, this Mahler 5 (recorded in Cologne) contains moments which will not be to everyone's taste, but he is also capable of making this performance of the great fifth symphony incredibly compelling ( listen to the response from this great orchestra in the middle section of the first movement, or the entire second movement).
He has the ability to mould this work into a whole by integrating the various sections which Mahler clearly defined into an organic fusion.
If you like this symphony, then rest assured - you are in for quite a performance ( but BE WARNED, there are parts which will frustrate, too).
The sound on this DVD is magnificent : there were many times when I felt as if I had a seat about a third into the hall. The vision allows us to see individual players, as well as the entire orchestra playing its heart out for their Music Director.
Yes, in a word, RECOMMENDED !
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