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 !