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from Southbank Centre Archive:

This memory spans four decades and four generations. My grandfather always had the same box - on the Red Side - at the Festival Hall, and in the 1970s when I was a teenager he used to take me to concerts. At first I would sit bored and fidgety, but he persevered and was rewarded by my growing love for music. I especially remember during the late 1980s and early 1990s we managed together to see all of the Klaus Tennstedt conducted Mahler Symphonies. We were at the performance of the 5th that was recorded and released by EMI, and whenever I listen to it I am reminded of my grandfather. Shortly …   more >>
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Southbank Centre (ed.), Southbank Centre Archive. In Southbank Centre Archive. accessed: 25 May, 2024 (Southbank Centre Archive,

location of experience: Royal Festival Hall



Listening to

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Symphony No. 5
written by Gustav Mahler
performed by Klaus Tennstedt, London Philharmonic Orchestra

Experience Information

Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


The London Philharmonic Orchestra website lists all the recordings made by the orchestra with Tennstedt, and Mahler's 5th Symphony is not one of them. Perhaps this listener is confusing Mahler's Symphony no 5 with his 6th Symphony, which was recorded by the LPO and Tennstedt on 22 August 1983

Originally submitted by Ivan Hewett on Tue, 10 Feb 2015 21:45:08 +0000
Approved on Tue, 26 Jan 2016 12:16:59 +0000