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Many reasons for listening to this performance,
This review is from: Mahler: Symphony No.5 (Audio CD)
A previous reviewer was right in pointing out that there might be reasons beyond musical sound for getting hold of this recording. But wrong in supposing this to be an extra musical issue. Who plays, where they come from, who you are, where you come from, these are things that can't be cut off from listening, they are part of the music in the fullest sense, they are part of what gives music meaning and relevance. We produce a very impoverished view of the art of music by persisting in thinking of it as simply sound. This recording is in many ways inspiring; it would have been more so as a DVD where we can see the excitement and commitment of performance and while I am not claiming this as the `best' performance of Mahler 5, it is a spirited, devoted performance and an amazing achievement given the content of the score and the context of the players. It is not patronizing to consider context in music, such music making deserves our support, and while I agree Gustavo Dudamel will no doubt produce deeper readings in the future, this has many fine points and represents committed music making; something not always in evidence in standard repertoire recordings.