The Fifth Symphony is homogeneous throughout in that it is full of religious dignity with its opening canon, melodic writing which reminds one of liturgical ceremonies , the famous “Dresden Amen”, which Richard Wagner copied using Mendelssohn’s harmonisation for the “gral motif” in his opera “Parsifal”, and the rich and fully worked out final chorale “Ein feste Burg”.
Quite opposite to the uniqueness of these masterpieces is the enormous selection of other recordings of these works – but Maazel’s youthful vigour and freshness, close attention to detail in his interpretation, and colourful timbre make the choice simple.
Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op.90 (Italian)
1. Satz : Allegro vivace
2. Satz : Andante con moto
3. Satz : Con moto moderato
4. Satz : Saltarello (Presto)
Symphony No.5 in D major, Op. 107 (Reformation)
1. Satz : Andante – Allegro con fuoco
2. Satz : Alegro vivace
3. Satz : Andante
4. Satz : Andante con moto – Allegro maestoso