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Guy Weatherall
Classical Music, September 2019

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 5 / Des Knaben Wunderhorn (excerpts) (Goerne, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Nelsons) (NTSC) ACC-20354
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 5 / Des Knaben Wunderhorn (excerpts) (Goerne, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Nelsons) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) ACC-10354

Nelsons has an enviable reputation as a Mahlerian—indeed his farewell concerts in Birmingham featured the third symphony—and he chose part of the work for the memorial Lucerne Festival concert for Claudio Abbado. That was 2014: he was invited back to last year’s festival to give a high-octane, viscerally intense performance of the fifth symphony, beautifully filmed and recorded here for Accentus. … With Goerne in fine voice and bringing an equally intense readings of seven songs, this is a concert film to return to relish. © 2019 Classical Music



John Marks
The Tannhauser Gate, September 2016

…my admiration for Andris Nelsons only continues to grow with each new release. For me, one give-away is to see orchestral musicians grinning with delight at what they are immersed in… © 2016 The Tannhauser Gate Read complete review



John Quinn
MusicWeb International, September 2016

Both conductors make a superb job of the Rondo finale where there are far fewer opportunities for dalliance, which works in Nelsons’ favour. He leads a bright, cheerful account of this virtuoso movement. When he reaches the reprise of the brass chorale, first heard towards the end of the second movement, the music is absolutely majestic yet unforced in this performance. You can see that Nelsons is loving the moment—and why not? That peak passed, he leads a thrilling dash for the finish line. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Edward Seckerson
Gramophone, September 2016

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 5 / Des Knaben Wunderhorn (excerpts) (Goerne, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Nelsons) (NTSC) ACC-20354
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 5 / Des Knaben Wunderhorn (excerpts) (Goerne, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Nelsons) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) ACC-10354

Andris Nelsons is a conductor with whom I feel more and more kinship. Making music is so much about making choices and even a composer such as Mahler who gives so much information about the hows and whys of his scores needs an imaginative representative to carry his spirit into the moment of performance. This account of the Fifth Symphony does just that—and, of course, Nelsons has the finest of instruments in the form of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. Their magnificent playing here is suffused with the memory of their creator, Claudio Abbado, and re-energised with the new-found dynamism of the visionary Latvian. © 2016 Gramophone



Hank Zauderer
My Classical Notes, May 2016

My admiration for conductor Andris Nelsons continues to increase as I see more of his work. He is passionate, has great eye contact with his players, and seems to care deeply about the results achieved.

[Goerne’s] warm, dark voice allows him to capture the somber and tragic atmosphere of this music like no one else. The singer’s voice captures the work’s melancholy and nocturnal moods, where one can directly experience how an artist of this caliber can bring music to a high level of perfection. © 2016 My Classical Notes Read complete review





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