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Symphony No.5
Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester

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The composer Francis Poulenc said in 1954, ‘Music buffs believe that the greatest living conductor is Toscanini: musicians know that it is Hans Rosbaud.’ Similarly, Gramophone hailed Rosbaud as ‘one of the unsung heroes of mid-20th-century music’. Hans Rosbaud (1895–1962), a native of Graz, was a champion of contemporary works while strongly advocating Mahler’s music after the Second World War. This ‘live’ studio recording from 1951 is a new addition to the Rosbaud discography, released for the first time on ICA Classics. Rosbaud is captured here at the height of his powers with the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, one of his favourite orchestras. The 50th anniversary of Rosbaud’s death was in December 2012 so this release is a belated tribute to this great conductor.

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Symphony No.5 in C sharp minor

1 I Trauermarsch (In gemessenem Schritt. Streng. Wie ein Kondukt) 12.07

2 II Stürmisch bewegt. Mit größter Vehemenz 13.59

3 III Scherzo (Kräftig, nicht zu schnell) 15.57

4 IV Adagietto (Sehr langsam) 8.53

5 V Rondo-Finale (Allegro – Allegro giocoso. Frisch) 15.03


Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester (Now renamed WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln)



Recorded: Saal 1, Funkhaus, Cologne, 22 October 1951

MAHLER Symphony No.5 - II Stürmisch bewegt. Mit größter Vehemenz

Martin Kendrick

“It’s very good to find recognition being given here to a conductor whose reputation with the public may not have been as great as that of some of his illustrious peers. This release provides evidence that the reputation that Hans Rosbaud enjoyed among his fellow musicians was justified.”

MusicWeb International

    Martin Kendrick

    “Rosbaud's broadcast recording with the Cologne Radio SO is one to cherish...Rosbaud is exciting in the finale and is never afraid to be flexible, so the ebb and flow of this performance is remarkable...The sound is exceptional for 1951, making this disc an even more tempting proposition”

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