Tag Archives: Mahler

Dudamel’s Mahler grows up: a transcendent Third with the LA Phil

Mahler: LA Phil/Dudamel **** Barbican, 24th March 2016 For over a decade, Gustavo Dudamel has been the face of classical music’s new generation; figurehead for Venezuela’s Simón Bolivar Youth Orchestra, poster boy for California. Long, black tight curls, beaming smile, twinkling … Continue reading

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Just So: Haitink’s heavenly Mahler 4 with Anna Lucia Richter and the LSO

Beethoven/Mahler: LSO/Haitink **** Barbican Hall, 20th September 2015 “Every conductor, including myself, has a sell-by date,” stated Bernard Haitink, on turning down the position of Music Director at the Chicago Symphony in 2006. Don’t believe a word of it. Last … Continue reading

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Devilishly good Mahler and Liszt from Ott, Noseda and the LSO

Liszt/Mahler: LSO/Noseda ***** Barbican Hall, 15th February 2015 A whiff of sulphur shrouded the Barbican this evening as Liszt met Mahler beneath the Mephistophelean glare of Gianandrea Noseda. The London Symphony Orchestra played like demons in a gripping reading of … Continue reading

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Unsuk Chin première and bruising Mahler open New York Philharmonic’s subscription season

Chin/Mahler: New York PO/ Gilbert *** Avery Fisher Hall, New York, 23rd September 2014 Sounds of nature rustling magically to life are evoked in the opening pages of Mahler’s First Symphony, with its dawn chorus of bird calls. Ornithologists in … Continue reading

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