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Donald Runnicles and his magnificent BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra opted for a more over-arching, organic reading in which all the episodes of grotesque revelry and passages of deep introspection seemed to be the natural consequence of each other, not just moments of fleeting reminiscences or a musical representation of Mahler’s neuroses. Maestro Runnicles, who is particularly associated with late-Romantic German repertoire, propounded quite persuasively that this is one of the most achingly beautiful – yet most mournful and sad – of all Mahler symphonies.

Jim Pritchard

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