Beethoven Missa Solemnis – Daily Telegraph

Right from the plushly upholstered, beautifully shaped opening chords, Tilson Thomas created an aura of solemnity. An exacting conductor, he drove a sweeping account of the Gloria, while leaving room for finely balanced reflective moments.
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Mahler in New York – The New Yorker

a series of Mahler concerts that Rattle gave with the London Symphony in early May made me wonder whether he is arriving at a new level of mastery. He became the music director of the L.S.O. last September, and the orchestra is playing sensationally well for him.
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Mahler Symphony No 10 (Lincoln Center, New York) – New York Classical Review

Specific techniques, like one trumpet seamlessly taking over a long, sustained pitch, from another were perfect, and the whole group played with an exact control of minute variations in dynamics—one of Rattle’s calling cards—that was outstanding and highly expressive.
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Beethoven Missa Solemnis – Classical Source

Any performance of the Missa solemnis should be an event and this LSO account undoubtedly was exactly that...The orchestral playing throughout was of the highest order. In the context of this level of conviction the very few slips were entirely immaterial, for this was a real achievement and the best of the many live Missa performances I have so far had the privilege of hearing.
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Mahler Symphony No 10 (Lincoln Center, New York) – Classical Source

Rattle and the LSO gave a strong, well-conceived and well-played performance – intense, dramatic and lyrical, Rattle’s interpretation remaining intelligent and vital.
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Beethoven Missa Solemnis – Seen and Heard

All concerned seemed to be joining together to create a performance in which personalities were not projected, but where everybody was united in striving to realise Beethoven’s mighty inspiration effectively.
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Mahler Das Lied von der Erde (Lincoln Center, New York) – Limelight Magazine

The LSO responded gloriously to Rattle’s detailed reading throughout, flinging themselves into the passion of it all and offering distinguished solo contributions.
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Sibelius with MTT – The Times

with a reduced string section — the orchestra scrupulous and spry under Michael Tilson Thomas — Chen’s was the voice that carried us through.
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Mahler Das Lied von der Erde (Lincoln Center, New York) – Seen and Heard

I have never heard, and don’t expect to ever again hear, a tenor perform these songs as impressively as Stuart Skelton did on this occasion.
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Sibelius with MTT – Classical Source

In Symphony 7, MTT, initially without baton, laid-out its river-like flows and eddies with a clarity that in no way compromised its fleeting process of growth and decay, in which it scarcely mattered where one section ends and another takes over. The ending, magnificently played, brought the concert to a majestic close.
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Mahler Das Lied von der Erde (Lincoln Center, New York) – New York Classical Review

In its six movements, the LSO showed they deserve their reputation as a tight and powerful ensemble, following Rattle in a majestic interpretation...One could hardly have asked for better guides to the cerebral journey of Das Lied than Rattle and the LSO.
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Mahler Symphony No 10 (Lincoln Center, New York) – Vulture.com

The result was meticulously executed ecstasy, thousands of calibrated shivers adding up to memorable wildness.
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Mahler Das Lied von der Erde (Lincoln Center, New York) – Classical Source

Rattle did a superb job of creating perfect atmospheres, the LSO on terrific from.
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