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Matthew Richard Martinez, April 2012

The Ninth Symphony…recording…should not disappoint.

…what a memorable ending it was! The eighty minute journey was filled with some of the most touching and amiable dialogue between an orchestra and conductor I have seen up close. Many of the young players’ eyes were glued to the knowing maestro for extended passages, and their attention was not only reciprocated, it made a significant impact on the performance quality. The ensemble was impressive in their unity and soloists were exceptional. They played with a rhythmic proficiency and refined tone…the emotional impact of the performance…was incredibly moving. It culminated in an extended, breathtaking silence with the houselights nearly extinguished. The statement was completely free of artifice and was a beautiful gesture, from one of the most genuine and eloquent conductors around…Abbado’s Mahler is some of the most naturally expressive and simple being played today. He conducts with affection and care…Not only is Abbado’s Mahler technically brilliant, it is refreshing. Tempos are steady, not dawdling. Climaxes are well-built and the quieter intricacies of the movements are well-paced…Abbado conducting Mahler’s Ninth Symphony…is an occasion never to be missed. © 2012 Read complete review

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