- Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor
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Mahler: Symphony 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Admittedly, I haven't listened to this entire CD, but I have listened carefully and repeatedly to my favorite movement, the Trauermarsch. Just as many people buy a CD just to hear their favorite hit, I never cease to be blown away by Maazel's Trauermarsch. The powerful, ghostly trumpet solo, with deadly accurate triplets and attacks, will stop your blood!! Then, the rest of Maazel's gargantuan brass join in the dirge, starting the dreadful tread to some distant burial site. The rhythmic drive is extremely impressive. The horns and trombones play the strange, icy, descending melody in a powerful way. As the tempo picks up in the second short section, one feels the urgency and tragic quality of Mahler's ''storm'' movements. The tough, ascending horn solo awes me each time. The strings play their melancholy melody in character, ushering in a deep sadness. Again, though I haven't listened to the whole CD, the first section will prove a spectacle to any listener!