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Symphony 5 [DVD] [2010] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: Classical, Dolby, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Euroarts
  • DVD Release Date: 17 May 2005
  • Run Time: 1.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00081TXTA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 201,202 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
The première of Mahler's Fifth Symphony took place in Cologne on October 18 1904. This performance at the Lucerne Festival took place almost precisely one hundred years later in August 2004. The music is as fresh as if it had been written yesterday. I had some mixed feelings about Abbado's audio recording of the Fifth with the Berlin Philharmonic (although it gains something in its newish release on SACD) but I have no reservations about this live performance with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. First, a word about this orchestra. It has some orchestral superstars amongst its participants. Just look at some of the principals: Kolja Blacher, concertmaster; Wolfram Christ, principal viola; Franz Bartolomey and the fabulous Natalia Gutman, cello first desk; Alois Posch, contrabass; the Hagen Quartet in the sections, along with a couple from the Alban Berg Quartet; Jacques Zoon, flute; Albrecht Mayer, oboe; Sabine Meyer, clarinet, along with members of her Wind Ensemble (Bläserensemble); Stefan Schweigert, bassoon; Stefan Dohr, principal horn (he plays stunningly); Reinhold Friedrich, trumpet (he does, too); Mark Templeton, trombone. Wow! What a lineup! If you follow orchestral musicians you know this is very nearly the crème de la crème.
None of that would make a lot of difference if Abbado's direction was not distinguished. But it is. He molds every phrase precisely, clearly has thought and rethought his interpretation of this masterpiece, and he wrings all the drama, pathos, tenderness, heroism etc. from it. Rhythm and line are not sacrificed to overprecise nuance. Warmth and humanity are not diminished by attention to architectural detail. The first three movements have more dramatic edge that Abbado's earlier Berlin recording.
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By I. Giles TOP 50 REVIEWER
There are now several fine Mahler 5's to choose from on DVD and Blu-ray.

The best option for collectors is probably this by Abbado at the Lucerne Festival with his special festival orchestra. Abbado has the enviable reputation of being one of the world's finest Mahler conductors. This has been further reinforced by his set of performances held at Lucerne with his hand-picked orchestra constituting the Lucerne Festival orchestra.

This very large orchestra, apart from containing musicians of outstanding individual abilities, also lays great stress upon their empathy and experience with the world of chamber music. Thus is achieved the unusual combination of orchestral size allied to individual and corporate sensitivity. This suits Abbado's particular vision of Mahler and this is apparent throughout this very fine performance which some would describe as close to definitive.

The generously spacious layout of the orchestra allows the camera work to achieve equivalent sensitivity of detail as well as panoramic effect. The surround and stereo sound captures all of this with admirable lucidity.

In my opinion this is a clear contender for the full 5 stars and should give much pleasure and satisfaction to all purchasers of the recording.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Centenary Performance of Mahler's Fifth 17 May 2005
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
The première of Mahler's Fifth Symphony took place in Cologne on October 18 1904. This performance at the Lucerne Festival took place almost precisely one hundred years later in August 2004. The music is as fresh as if it had been written yesterday. I had some mixed feelings about Abbado's audio recording of the Fifth with the Berlin Philharmonic (although it gains something in its newish release on SACD) but I have no reservations about this live performance with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. First, a word about this orchestra. It has some orchestral superstars amongst its participants. Just look at some of the principals: Kolja Blacher, concertmaster; Wolfram Christ, principal viola; Franz Bartolomey and the fabulous Natalia Gutman, cello first desk; Alois Posch, contrabass; the Hagen Quartet in the sections, along with a couple from the Alban Berg Quartet; Jacques Zoon, flute; Albrecht Mayer, oboe; Sabine Meyer, clarinet, along with members of her Wind Ensemble (Bläserensemble); Stefan Schweigert, bassoon; Stefan Dohr, principal horn (he plays stunningly); Reinhold Friedrich, trumpet (he does, too); Mark Templeton, trombone. Wow! What a lineup! If you follow orchestral musicians you know this is very nearly the crème de la crème.

None of that would make a lot of difference if Abbado's direction was not distinguished. But it is. He molds every phrase precisely, clearly has thought and rethought his interpretation of this masterpiece, and he wrings all the drama, pathos, tenderness, heroism etc. from it. Rhythm and line are not sacrificed to overprecise nuance. Warmth and humanity are not diminished by attention to architectural detail. The first three movements have more dramatic edge that Abbado's earlier Berlin recording. The Adagietto is supremely beautiful but it does not dawdle (8:33) and thus become a dirge as is so often the case. It is, after all, a love song. The strings are simply fabulous throughout, with body and sheen aplenty, and plenty of bite in the dramatic and anguished moments.

There are other DVDs of Mahler's Fifth. I've not seen Barenboim's but am very fond of Rattle's with the Berlin. I like that performance but don't like the accompanying piece, Thomas Adès's 'Asyla,' for what that's worth. As far as audio recordings are concerned I'm extremely fond of Tennstedt with the London Philharmonic (only available, I think, these days in a budget twofer with the 'Lied von der Erde' with Agnes Baltsa and Klaus Konig, and not one of my favorites of that work) and of Barbirolli's, a little less so of Karajan's with the BPO. I tell you of my favorites on audio CD so you'll have an idea of what I tend to like. If they match your preferences, then you'll probably like this performance.

There is the usual video, but also a 'conductor's angle' (with the camera trained on Abbado from the orchestra player's perspective) available on this DVD. Sound is PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, and DTS 5.1. TT=74 minutes no extras except some trailers of other DVDs.

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its a joy 18 Jun 2005
By H. Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
This DVD is really a joy for eyes and ears. They play wonderful and you can see them working hard to achieve these result. Many of them put all their bodies into their playing. Some of them, especially the oboist and a woman playing the clarinet make pretty funny faces while playing - yet this is not unusual, but normally you dont see it because in a concert you sit in front of the orchestra too far away to see such details. In this recording they show the soloists or the sections of the orchestra that play the dominant parts from nearby. So the camera too works following the composition, knowing precisely who plays what in a certain moment. When it comes to the solo part of a horn player you can see him play from nearby, when the timpani plays you see the player (mostly in his chair) doing his rolls. And it is the best audio recording of Mahlers 5th I ever heard.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Performance really shines in final three movements 14 July 2006
By HB - Published on Amazon.com
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I would love to give this DVD 5 stars but I felt somewhat uncomfortable with the first two movements. So I will say 4 3/4 stars. The first two movements of this symphony are extremely dramatic and passionate. If you play it as written, it has all the drama you would ever need. But many conductors try to add to the drama by messing with the dynamics and phrasing. When Leonard Bernstein recorded this symphony with the Vienna Philharmonic, he really overdid it in my humble opinion. Abbado, on the other hand, is usually quite conservative and plays Mahler straight. However, this is a live performance and the first two movements are just a tad overdone. The last three movements are just magnificent. If you love Mahler, this DVD is a must.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another outstanding installment in the series 31 May 2012
By Alex Craig - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful DVD. The orchestra, as expected, displays hair-trigger precision, lustrous tone, and powerful expression. And one can easily see how much they enjoy playing together. The camera work is right on the mark as to who is playing the leading part, and it also does well at showing us the players' personalities.
For many years my favorite Mahler Fifth has been Abbado's first recording, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. As with his other Mahler recordings of this vintage, it is notable for a wonderful straightforwardness, showing that Mahler works just fine without extensive interpretive intervention, and a remarkable dynamic control, especially at the lower end of the spectrum. And the orchestra's virtuosity was spectacular, especially from the brass section. Abbado's Berlin recording was rather disappointing in comparison. It seemed rather softer and less vigorous throughout. And Abbado had bought into the revisionist view of the Adagietto, as a flowing andante. I believe it was that brainless dilettante Gilbert Kaplan who first suggested, on the basis of I don't know what, that the movement is a "love letter to Alma" and should be gotten out of the way quickly. Of course, this approach ignores Mahler's indication of "Sehr langsam" and his frequent directions to go even slower, as well as the movement's close relationship to the great song "Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen", which is anything but a lightweight love ditty. This new recording also has a fast Adagietto (almost four minutes shorter than in the Chicago recording), but there seems to be more commitment to the approach, and the strings play gorgeously. I'm still not convinced, and I'd rather hear the approach of older Mahler conductors (Walter, Haitink, Bernstein, and Abbado himself). Abbado generally is more flexible with tempos than before; in the Scherzo and Finale he seems to enjoy making tempo adjustments to clarify the structure, and the orchestra follows his every whim. Except for my one tempo quibble this is a marvelous performance.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Breathtaking Rendering of Mahler at His Best 26 Dec 2011
By Gerardo H. Soto - Published on Amazon.com
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In this stupendous rendering of Mahler's Fifth, Abaddo catches the magic of this music, reaching a pinnacle on the fourth movement tbat is beyond description. To illustrate its value, I had to buy a second copy from Amazon because the first one disappeared by magic from my house.
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