Mahler: Symphony No. 5 – Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Payare

March 7, 2023, 9:00 am

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The Montreal Symphony Orchestra and its Music Director Rafael Payare make their Pentatone debut with Mahler’s Fifth Symphony. The album is also the first recording under Payare’s tenure and the beginning of a longer recording relationship with the label. For Payare, the Fifth is the last symphony that shows Mahler still looking forward to what the future might bring, unlike his subsequent, much darker and existential works. Despite that optimism, there is enough tragedy and struggle along the way, resonating with Mahler’s life at the time of creation.