“My record of the year is the Czech Philharmonic and its Music Director Semyon Bychkov’s Mahler Symphony No. 5, for an orchestral sound so sumptuous that you could eat it for Christmas dinner. Continuing their cycle of Mahler symphonies, they achieve a fine balance in this visionary work, a musical universe of dreams and prophecies in which Bychkov matches intelligent pacing with great-hearted warmth, and sonic opulence with textural clarity…”

The Sunday Times picked Mahler’s 5th Symphony from Semyon Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic on PENTATONE as its classical album of 2022. The album has also been announced finalist in the symphonic category of the International Classical Music Awards 2023. Album details can be found here.