Review By John J. Puccio,Classical Candor,October 2009
This Mahler disc, for example, boasts one of America’s finest conductors, James DePreist, and one of the world’s finest orchestras, the London Symphony…DePreist’s recording is a decent alternative at any price. Given that Mahler symphonies, and especially the Fifth, provide enough varied material—from grave and gloomy to joyful and triumphant, from lush and lovely to grand and imposing—for any conductor to make his mark, it’s a wonder there is any consensus at all about who might be “best.”
Review By David Patrick Stearns,The Philadelphia Inquirer,January 2007
Review By Fox,American Record Guide,June 2007
Review By Mike Smith,Fine Music,August 2007
James DePriest and the London Symphony Orchestra have propelled this disc to the top of the 2006 Naxos charts….The playing throughout this performance is impassioned, with some superb brass passages…The Adagietto works well, with a sense of real yearning from the LSO strings. The famous ‘cliff-hanger’ moment towards the end of the movement is beautifully managed, not holding us in eternal suspense as does Bernstein, nor glossing over with barely an acknowledgement as does Haitink with the Concertgebouw on Philips.
Review By Scott Cantrell ,The Dallas Morning News,May 2007
For 25 years music director of the Oregon Symphony, Mr. DePreist is now director of conducting and orchestral studies at the Juilliard School. His has not been the highest-profile career, but he's a widely respected musician.
Like most conductors, he takes the Adagietto of the Mahler Fifth slower than the composer intended. (Mr. DePreist's timing is 10 minutes, 42 seconds, vs. the eight-minute timings of performances by Mahler himself and his protégé Bruno Walter.) Still, commendably, the American conductor evokes tenderness rather than sentimentality, and the performance as a whole, with possibly the best of today's London orchestras, is thoughtful and communicative. At Naxos' bargain price, and with natural sonics, it's a winner.
Review By BaCi,Café Momus,March 2007
Ha fejüket jobbra fordítják, tisztelt utasaink, akkor egy világégés szemtanúi lehetnek pár perc erejéig. De ne éljék bele magukat túlzottan, mert máris itt van, fejünk felett látható egy közepes méretu bolygóközi galaxis kialakulása. A kanyar utáni házimoziban Élet a halál után c. kisfilmünket tekinthetik meg, végezetül pedig a Fel nem használt évezredes érzelmek múzeumába látogathatnak el.
Vagy Önök szerint inkább a mikrokozmoszba kalauzolnak Mahler szimfóniái? Lehetséges.
Review By Christopher Abbot,Fanfare,February 2007
The Mahler symphonies have had a somewhat episodic history on Naxos: most of the recently completed cycle features Antoni Wit conducting either the Polish National Radio-TV Orchestra or the Warsaw National Philharmonic; but the recordings of the First, Seventh, and Ninth Symphonies were conducted by Michael Hal�sz. Now, another Fifth appears, conducted by a distinguished American with the mighty LSO.
Whatever its provenance (and why look such an attractive gift horse in the mouth?), this is a sturdy, musically solid performance. The first movement is characterized by commanding fanfares and the steady tread of the funeral march. DePreist doesn�t linger over the latter, but he isn�t as hasty as Sir Roger Norrington in his view of the fanfares, either. One unusual gesture is the more....