Mariss Jansons, conductor emeritus
In this recording of Sergei Prokofiev's masterful Fifth Symphony, Mariss Jansons and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra find themselves on familiar ground. Already in 1948 (four years after the world premier) Eduard van Beinum introduced it to the orchestra. A long line of famous conductors followed, including André Previn, George Szell, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Valery Gergiev. The fact that this music is part of Mariss Jansons' musical DNA, may explain the feeling of authenticity in this recording.
Sergei Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 100 (1944)
- Andante - 12:52
- Allegro marcato - 8:54
- Adagio - 11:21
- Allegro giocoso - 9:56
total playing time - 43:06
"Jansons conducted as if his life depended on it. The performance was threatening, rough, energetic - even manic. This was about truth rather than splendor."
- Thiemo Wind, De Telegraaf
"Even when [Prokofiev] music is a dizzying swarm, Jansons proves with authority and conviction that the texture remains transparent. And just like in the Shostakovich concerto the RCO played magnificently."
- Erik Voermans, Het Parool
"… Jansons conducted a refreshingly optimistic performance of Prokofiev that made me change my opinion of the Symphony No. 5… The encouraging, uplifting spirits in the Andante came alive with beautiful nuance. The brass offered their most brilliant colours; even the tuba had its moment of glory. … In the … Adagio, Jansons finally exhibited how threatening and broodingly Russian the RCO can sound."
- David Pinedo, Bachtrack
"this is wonderful, sensuous, lush sound … Jansons has a great sensitivity to style"
- Marina Frolova-Walker & Andrew McGregor – BBC Radio 3 Record Review