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Mahler 9 by Los Angeles Philharmonic
Released: Feb 2013
This is expansively conducted Mahler: closer to Riccardo Chailly than Pierre Boulez when it comes to pacing this work, the composer's last completed symphony. But in his first CD release with the LA Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel manages to deliver a bit more bite than Chailly -- even when being nearly as deliberate. The Andante has moments of impressive angst, while the middle movements show off the LA Philharmonic's embarrassment of riches in various sections. The finale is almost perilously slow, though the hushed last moments land with authority. Overall, an interesting live recording.
Seth Colter Walls
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