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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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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Mahler Symphony No 9 (Lincoln Center, New York) – Classical Source

Simon Rattle and the LSO’s return to New York City was a masterclass in Mahlerian color, moving sonic worlds in and out of focus, and not shying away from the violence of some moments.
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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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Mahler Symphony No 9 (Symphony Hall, Birmingham) – Shropshire Star

The LSO, to this untrained ear, was in dazzling form and its new boss as dynamic and exciting to watch as when he first arrived in the city as a tousle-haired 25-year-old nearly four decades ago.
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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 9 (Symphony Hall, Birmingham) – Seen and Heard

Throughout the performance I’d been profoundly impressed by the playing of the LSO but in this long finale they seemed to move to an altogether higher plane...This was a performance of rare distinction and utterly compelling.
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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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Mahler Symphony No 9 (Tonhalle, Zurich) – Bachtrack

What Rattle and the LSO gave us in Zurich was a generous gift.
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Mahler Symphony No 9 (Lincoln Center, New York) – Culture Magazine

Sir Simon's dedication to this work and rapport with his new orchestra made this engrossing, and not even the first fortissimo screams from brass and percussion could ruin this state of bliss.
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Helen Grime & Mahler – The Observer

Man (on this occasion) of the match goes to Chi Yu-Mo, who plays the small but powerful E flat clarinet. He hit his shrill, high notes with spot-on intonation, duetting effortlessly with violin or piccolo or flute, ranging in style from klezmer dance to bucolic shepherd to anarchic goat.
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Mahler Symphony No 9 (Lincoln Center, New York) – New York Classical Review

Transparency in a complex Mahler score is a virtue, but this performance went beyond transparency to a kind of dismantling, like one of those exploded views of a jet engine. As a picture of life disintegrating, this one would be hard to beat.
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Mahler Symphony No 9 (Tonhalle, Zurich) – Seen and Heard

Rattle controlled the ending to perfection: we felt the composer’s breath fading away (Mahler never heard the work performed). I came away moved. A standing ovation said it all.
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