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Alan Gilbert in Hamburg to Conduct Mahler

Posted April 10, 2014

Alan Gilbert NY Philharmonic 

Tonight and April 13 Music Director Alan Gilbert steps in to lead the NDR Symphony Hamburg, of which he has been principal guest conductor since 2004, in two performances of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 7, replacing an indisposed Michael Geilen.

When Alan last conducted the symphony, in March 2013, with The Cleveland Orchestra as a replacement for Pierre Boulez, the Plain Dealer said that "his Mahler was ... of the turbulent, rough-and-tumble variety, and was all the more powerful as a result," in a "rendition [that] was unabashedly extroverted, filled to the brim with emotion. The exuberance in the Finale almost could not be checked Thursday as the composer's affirmation of life took the form of a giant orchestral bear-hug."