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Tomas Netopil & Essener PhilharmonikerGustav Mahler: Symphony No. 9
GUSTAV MAHLER (1860–1911) SYMPHONY NO. 9 Essener Philharmoniker Tomáš Netopil, conductor

Gustav Mahler was already very close to the after world, when he finished working on the 9th Symphony. So, the work is permeated by a permanent presentiment of death. At the same time, Mahler’s music vibrates full of vital energy, putting the listener in a melancholic, yet optimistic mood simultaneously. The result is a harrowing work with moving passages and violent explosions, mirroring Mahler’s personal drama between life and death. The present recording from the Essen Philharmonie (April 2018) is a perfect proof of all this.

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