Andris Nelsons's Mahler 9 is the proverbial shit. Romantic with a capital "R," excessive with a capital "E". It sounds like what I imagine Willem Mengelberg's performances of the piece did. Even if he's clearly an undisciplined interpreter (I can almost hear his mentor, Mariss Jansons, yelling at him in the dressing room for all the unnecessary tempo shifts) he is easily one of the great conducting talents of the younger (my) generation. Is there any other young conductor who could take Mahler 9 into the stratosphere?
Listen here. You have four days left. I'm definitely listening again this weekend.
Executive Director of the Office of Arts and Culture
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