"For as long as I can remember, I've always wanted to write Mahler's 5th Symphony"
- Ben Phelps
Mahler, Symphony no. 5 by Ben Phelps is an album length un-making of the Mahlerian symphony.
Mahler, Symphony no. 5 by Ben Phelps is not an arrangement of the symphony, though it purports to be: it is part theme and variations, part deconstruction, and part recombination. Famous funeral marches and famous fifth symphonies make fleeting appearances. It is a post-modern takedown of the symphonic tradition, performed by a talented quintet- a "classical band."
Mahler, Symphony no. 5, by Ben Phelps
The B Band
Andrew Leonard - clarinet
Pasha Tseitlin - violin
Danny Holt - piano and percussion
Matthew Cory - bass
Ben Phelps - percussion
Music composed by Ben Phelps
Recorded by Vanessa Parr at the Evelyn & Mo Ostin Music Center at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music
Mixed by Ethan Carlson
Mastering by Scott Fraser
Produced and edited by Ben Phelps