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Discussion: Mahler: Symphony No. 5 - Gergiev

Posts: 7

Post by gavindixon January 25, 2011 (1 of 7)
Excellent playing from the LSO. Audio suffers from flat Barbican Hall acoustic.

http://www.classical-cd-reviews.com/2011/01/mahler-5-lso-gergiev.html

Post by Fugue January 28, 2011 (2 of 7)
I agree, plus the level is absurdly low--maybe 6-9db below a typical SACD. Gergiev's vision is not nearly as searing and dramatic as I expected. Between this and his disappointing Shostakovich 11th, I'm losing faith in him as a a conductor.

Post by john563 February 4, 2011 (3 of 7)
It is released now, obviously since others have commented on it. Got it feb 3 2011, and it is a great sounding recording :-) I don't quite agree on the critical review given.

Post by Fugue February 4, 2011 (4 of 7)
john563 said:

It is released now, obviously since others have commented on it. Got it feb 3 2011, and it is a great sounding recording :-) I don't quite agree on the critical review given.

The sound per se is quite clear...the low recording level and lack of energy in the interpretation/performance bother me more.

Post by Fugue February 5, 2011 (5 of 7)
Today, I received Zander's Telarc SACD. What a word of difference! The performance is far more gripping, and the sound is even better...far weightier and mastered at a decent level. It might lack some of the white-hot intensity of the Solti/Chicago RBCD on Decca, but it is a massive improvement over Gergiev.

Post by ARQuint February 13, 2011 (6 of 7)
Obviously no consensus here! I found the sound a bit opaque with a lack of clarity in the mid-bass down. Too bad, as the performance is vital, with a real point of view - a good piece of evidence to give lie to the view that Gergiev doesn't "get" Mahler.

Post by pgmdir April 27, 2011 (7 of 7)
Boulez will be my desert island disc of this, but like other Gergiev conducted Mahlers, I enjoyed it, and will like having it to turn to from time to time. If you must have only one---good luck. There are so many from which to choose. But if you have room for two or three--or more, like me, this is a solid performance to to learn from. I love his M7, and his M8 will rank near the top of my favorites. While it isn't the best, it's worth having as one of a few alternatives if you're a Mahler person. If that seems luke-warm, I really can recommend it--just not as a first choice.

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