Conductor Semyon Bychkov was never particularly known as a Mahler interpreter, but that seems to have changed after he ascended the podium at the Czech Philharmonic in 2018. Perhaps, as only the orchestra's second non-Czech conductor, he wanted to establish a repertory for himself outside the usual Czech fare. In any event, his rendition of Mahler's Symphony No. 4 in G major was acclaimed, and in 2022, he returned with the somewhat thornier, less songful Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor. Here, the naive-transcendent mood of the Symphony No. 4 finale is gone, replaced by a more distinctively modern collection of suddenly shifting moods. From .....


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