Mahler: Symphony No. 5, Abbado (CD)
Record Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: January 6, 2012
“All of the famed Chicago virtuosity [with] a welcome attention to detail and willingness to savor a phrase . . . the music has grace, charm and plenty of atmosphere.” — Classics Today
For many years, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra was known for its unparalleled performances of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, primarily under longtime music director Sir Georg Solti. In this 1980 recording, Claudio Abbado takes the podium, leading his longtime musical partners in this iconic Chicago work, exposing Mahler’s more playful side, juxtaposed by the emotional, gut-wrenching moments of this deeply moving symphony.
Mahler Symphony No. 5
February 1980, Orchestra Hall, Chicago