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David Hurwitz gave it a very good review, and he's pretty darn fussy about his Mahler. He doesn't like a lot of German radio orchestra performances of Mahler - thinking many of them to be too, "Mahler lite". So, I have to think there's something good happening here. Also, Harmonia Mundi doesn't offer a lot of Mahler, which makes me think they must be quite selective as well.

The 5th symphony is difficult, although the last two movements often times just 'play themselves'. It requires a lot of gear changes (tempo shifts) from the conductor. Much of what happens early on - the first three movements - needs to be 'expressive' without also sounding overwrought or too trudge-y. It's a difficult tight rope to negotiate. It needs contrapuntal clarity without sounding too antiseptic at the same time.
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On the contrary, I think Roth's is a terrific M5th. It is extremely well 'choreographed' (for lack of words). Roth perfectly captures the ebb and flow of the symphony; it's so well coordinated it almost sounds like dancing music!

I agree. I liked Roth's First, too, but wasn't keen on getting this one. But then a friend, whose opinion (where recordings of Mahler's music are concerned) I usually share, pointed out that he liked this one very much. So I decided to buy it, and I'm very happy that I did. Roth gives the music a kind of transparency, with a very clear bass-sound, that allows one to admire the architectural outline of it. Especially in the Finale, of course.
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On the contrary, I think Roth's is a terrific M5th. It is extremely well 'choreographed' (for lack of words). Roth perfectly captures the ebb and flow of the symphony; it's so well coordinated it almost sounds like dancing music!
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Agreed. I quite like Young's recording. At a high volume it sounds all the more powerful and vivid.
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Down in the comment, click on the 28:18 button and listen from there to the end. I think she does the last several minutes better than most anyone.

And NO, Benjamin Zander does not continue on with the first version AFTER the reinstated third hammer stroke.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpNep5WPxrw
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It's difficult to beat these at THOSE prices, right! They get great brass players due to the proximity to Chicago and various type flight universities.
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I attended one of these concerts, and it was a fine performance indeed. Orchestral execution was at the top level, though some of us will quibble at the shy tamtam at the end of the first movement.

At the concert, the MSO was giving away CDs of all the Brahms symphonies, also excellent performances in very good SQ.

For capturing audio, I use Audacity. I'm usually running Linux, but Windows and Mac OS (10.6 and later) flavors are available too. SQ will often take a hit through online sources, and the MSO offers good-sounding MP3s of M6 and M7 (Delfs) for $4.99 each.
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Gustav Mahler and Related Discussions / De Waart Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra M3
« Last post by sbugala on January 08, 2018, 12:48:35 PM »
I was aware that De Waart's last concert as music director from last spring had Mahler's Third on the program. Lo and behold, it was broadcast last week...and I enjoyed what I heard over the radio enough to seek the rest online. Perhaps you'll like it, too. I probably shouldn't ask, but does anyone recommend a good app to capture performances online? I may like this one enough to try it. Or maybe it'll end up being available for purchase, like his Mahler 2 with the MSO.

https://beta.prx.org/stories/222467
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Gustav Mahler and Related Discussions / JPC samples of Jansons/Concertgebouw M7
« Last post by barryguerrero on January 08, 2018, 12:39:54 PM »
These are pretty brief, so you can't tell much of anything.

https://www.jpc.de/jpcng/classic/detail/-/art/sinfonie-7/hnum/8049035

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