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Hank Zauderer
My Classical Notes, January 2015

With the Gewandhaus Orchestra, we hear an amazing intensity of sound and emotional expression. Chailly achieves a level of tension in which the symphony’s unique character and color unfold. © 2015 My Classical Notes Read complete review




Rob Cowan
Gramophone, November 2014

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 5 (Chailly) (NTSC) ACC-20284
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 5 (Chailly) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) ACC-10284

Chailly offers rewarding insights—in both performance and discussion—into Mahler’s Fifth Symphony. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, October 2014

This is an enthralling performance of Mahler Fifth, dauntingly intense, with much dramatic force and an impressive dynamic range. The Gewandhaus Orchestra give their all and the sound quality is superb as well. © 2014 Pizzicato




Warwick Arnold
Limelight, October 2014

Riccardo Chailly’s way with Mahler is a known quantity…His acute ear for sonority reflects his progressive tendencies but his old school operatic training is evident with his projection of a singing line and careful dramatic pacing…he seems to have refined his approach to suit the different character of his orchestra with its dark hued strings, mittel-Europa wind timbres and gleaming brass.

Chailly’s ability to clarify telling details is typified by the empty rattle of hard-stick timpani strokes in the opening funeral march…Refined and polished as they are, the players throw themselves into the second movement with ferocious attack and vehemence…

The central scherzo is a showpiece with Chailly and the orchestra negotiating its tricky transitions with idiomatic aplomb. Sound and vision is superb… © 2014 Limelight Magazine Read complete review




David Nice
BBC Music Magazine, October 2014

Clarity with power, clear balances and ferocity combined: Riccardo Chailly’s latest Mahler Five surely has the best of all possible worlds for this comprehensive drakness-to-light epic. It’s rewarding to see the Leipzig Gewandhaus strings articulating with such mobile engagement; and you know you’re in a master narrator’s hands from the powerful opening trumpet solo of Lukas Beno… © 2014 BBC Music Magazine



Robert Benson
ClassicalCDReview.com, June 2014

The Leipzig orchestra is a virtuoso group and they play gloriously. Video and audio are state-of-the art… © 2014 ClassicalCDReview.com Read complete review





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