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Mahler 4 and 5

Posted: Sunday | 01.01.12

Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5

This is a live recording of Symphonies 4 &and 5 from the 26th BBC Prom at Royal Albert Hall, London, August 5, 2010

Mahler:

  • Symphony No. 4 in G major

Camilla Tilling (soprano)

  • Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor

Performed by the World Orchestra for Peace, conducted by Valery Gergiev
This DVD includes a fascinating 23 – minute Documentary about the orchestra founded by Sir Georg Solti.

2011 was the 100th anniversary of the death of Gustav Mahler.

Under the baton of renowned conductor Valery Gergiev, the orchestra “gave exemplary performances”, as The Independent put it. Only performing on rare occasions, the World Orchestra for Peace is an ensemble of select players plucked from the world’s best orchestras.

Gergiev’s performance of Mahler’s Fourth symphony is not only full of underlying musical tensions, but also highly melodic, dynamic and with deep awareness of every detail. Camilla Tilling’s radiant soprano and her intonation are perfect in the Finale.

Gergiev is one of the most thoughtful, charismatic and humble among the truly great conductors of today. The World Orchestra for Peace (WOP), composed of volunteer principals and prominent players from all over the world, is a terrific ensemble, and these two BBC Prom concerts are captured in brilliant video and audio.

Gergiev plays the Mahler Fifth with an amazing Finale played quite a bit faster than usual, and he brings the house down at this Proms concert at the Albert Hall.

Here are two Press comments:

“But the further this genially sunlit work progressed, the more it came together, and soprano Camilla Tilling’s paean to the joys of Mahler’s (very strange) child’s-eye view of heaven made a gloriously serene climax.” ………The Independent

“The bucolic Symphony No. 4 was genial and fairly rapt in the finale, where Camilla Tilling was the expressive soprano soloist.” ………………….Financial Times

Here is the Mahler Symphony No.5, 1st movement, performed by the World Orchestra for Peace – Valery Gergiev Proms 2010

 

 

And here is Gergiev again with the 4th movement of the 5th symphony:

 

 

Tags: Gustav Mahler, Symphony #4, Symphony #5, Gergiev, Proms concerts, London, 2010

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