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Top Ten Performances of 2017

Aaron Keebaugh - Boston Classical Review
— December 19, 2017

3. Mahler’s Symphony No. 2. Benjamin Zander and the Boston Philharmonic.

The music of Mahler is a specialty for Boston Philharmonic conductor Benjamin Zander. Recent seasons have featured him leading the orchestra in the composer’s First, Fourth, and Ninth Symphonies.

But this year’s performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection was a palpable journey from darkness to light. As is often the case with Zander’s performances of Mahler’s works, details were aplenty.

What made this reading stand out, though, was its sense of the musical line and an interpretation that reached into deep spiritual depths. The singing of Chorus pro Musica and soloists Claudia Huckle and Sonja Dutoit Tengblad matched the glow and splendor of the orchestra’s sound.

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