Best known for his command of late 19th-century Austro-Germanic repertoire, Runnicles is a master interpreter of Mahler’s music. This performance of the Symphony No. 9 proved no exception. Runnicles totally owns this piece, and the virtuosic orchestra that is the ASO gave him an outstanding performance across its vast, lengthy span. It captured the attention of ear and mind from beginning to end. The orchestra is the star of the show — no soloists except those from within the ranks of the ensemble — and the musicians gave the music their very best.
Mark Gresham: artsatl.com