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Christopher Abbot
Fanfare, March 2012

I’ve found this new CD to be the most satisfactory by far.

The “suddenly faster” section is urgent without sounding harried, and the later more refined interruptions of the funeral march have a melancholy charm; the “collapse” is impactful without being exaggeratedly catastrophic; and the march itself is well paced, stern, and straightforward. The recorded sound is robust, weighty, and resonant stereo with a modicum of instrumental detail. Förster apparently favors a homogeneous sound for this symphony; his is an interpretation of heft and impact over inner detailing…I can recommend it as a solid account of Mahler’s always fascinating Fifth. © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review on Fanfare



Blair Sanderson
Allmusic.com, November 2011

the care and competence that Förster and his musicians bring to this rendition make it worthwhile and a pleasure to hear. Read complete review






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