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Mark Novak
Fanfare, March 2018

This is Mariss Jansons’s second recording of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony following a generally well-regarded effort with his former orchestra, the Concertgebouw, in 2009. …Like his former orchestra, the Bavarian Radio SO is a world-class ensemble that radiates warmth.

The opening trumpet fanfare is played with boldness and the orchestra answers with conviction. Jansons sets an appropriate pace for the ensuing funeral march music. The tempo is deliberate and ponderous, befitting the serious nature of the music. Jansons and company take Mahler at his word when he directed the second movement to “Move stormily, with the greatest vehemence.” The playing of the Bavarian orchestra is truly excellent. Every section shows its strengths here (as they all do throughout this performance).

The Adagietto is gorgeous. Even at this relatively fast pace, the music doesn’t sound at all rushed. © 2018 Fanfare Read complete review

Lark Reviews, November 2017

Maris Jansons finds the joy inherent in this score and brings it out time after time, lurking even in more sombre moments. The familiar Adagio has a warmth to it which carries us easily into the romp of the finale. As with his other Mahler cds, this benefits from being a live recording with the added sense of atmosphere and tension. © 2017 Lark Reviews, November 2017

A firm sense of structural integrity is absolutely necessary for a successful performance of Mahler’s Fifth, and Jansons certainly has that. …The Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks is a great one for playing Mahler, weighty without being heavy in sound, and especially strong in the brass; and Jansons knows how to bring out the ensemble’s great warmth… This is a well-thought-out and very effective reading of Mahler’s Fifth that produces something like a sigh of relief at its apotheosis, a feeling that listeners—like Mahler himself—have come through a long and difficult journey and arrived at a highly satisfactory emotional conclusion. © 2017 Read complete review

Remy Franck
Pizzicato, September 2017

In this recording of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, Mariss Janson’s pays less attention to the emotional turmoil of the music than to the orchestral details, the transparency and the colours of the score. The powerful and rich playing by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra is amazing. © 2017 Pizzicato

Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, September 2017

Recorded in live performance at Philharmonie, Munich, the sound quality is first rate, having presence, being vividly clear and well balanced.

With playing of elevated quality from the world class Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under Mariss Jansons this captivating live account is one of the finest in the catalogue. Unquestionably I will play this new Jansons recording often… © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Victor Carr Jr, August 2017

…highly engaging performance by Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony, …Jansons takes a free approach to tempo and phrasing, tastefully and judiciously quickening and broadening for emotional impact. But he diverges from Kubelik in his more exacting exploration of the music’s emotion and tonal color, highlighting much usually unnoticed instrumental detail.

In the Scherzo, Jansons’ relaxed tempo brings to mind Bernstein’s Vienna performance, and he likewise plays up the contrasting moods of Mahler’s waltzes, making this “dance movement” feel more like a symphonic poem.

Jansons’ relatively quick Adagietto unfolds like a song, beautifully sung by the Bavarian strings. The Finale is also beautifully played, and again Jansons emphasizes contrast and energy as he builds to an exciting closing choral. © 2017 Read complete review

Dan Morgan
MusicWeb International, August 2017

Mariss Jansons’ Mahler is decent, if not stellar…

The BRSO, with whom Rafael Kubelík recorded his fine Mahler set in the 1960s, continues to impress in this music… © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review

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