Mahler - Symphony no.5 | Harmonia Mundi HMM902366

Mahler - Symphony no.5


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Label: Harmonia Mundi

Cat No: HMM902366

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 16th November 2018



Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra


Daniel Harding


Mahler, Gustav

Symphony no.5 in C sharp minor


Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra


Daniel Harding


For the second installment in his Mahler cycle for harmonia mundi, Daniel Harding revisits a symphony which clearly represents a turning point in the composer’s output.

The years following Gustav Mahler’s early period (marked by Des Knaben Wunderhorn) saw the production of works of ever greater complexity and sardonicism, which show no trace of naïveté.

Within a framework of utmost intricacy, the themes, musical gestures, and building blocks (for instance, the interval of a minor third which opens the Fifth Symphony’s famous Adagietto) trace a journey from darkness to light which culminates in the striking modernity of the finale.


The opening funeral march is fairly dug out of sullen black earth. Harding sets an audaciously broad pace and hangs on to it for grim death. ... A pitch-perfect Adagietto is sung tenderly as if in the midst of love and not death, but with the space both to impart natural-sounding portamento to its phrases and to plant a broad caesura of respite and reflection amid the symphony’s – and the performance’s – neurotic and finally euphoric turns of mood. ... In a market where modern rivals sound pedestrian or perfumed with finesse by comparison, this Fifth raises high hopes for what the graphic cover artwork implies may become a complete cycle.  Peter Quantrill
Gramophone November 2018
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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