Mahler Symphony No. 5, Volume I
Gerard Schwarz and The Colburn Orchestra
Movement I, Trauermarsch
Movement II, Stürmisch bewegt
Movement III, Scherzo (first half)
15 ips, CCIR curve, tails out
John Burke, PhD – November 4, 2016
This Mahler recording is organically “big”, just like a real orchestra is big and broad. But what is additionally noteworthy is the concreteness of individual and massed horns. Each is individually sounded, also cymbals and other percussion vigorously resound and sound throughout the performance. The orchestral presentation is vigorous, strong and vital. The live recording intuitively seems to know an audience is listening and caring about each musical phrase and measure. Once again, Yarlung’s recording is highly exemplary for meaning and sound. Well done!
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