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Twigs break, cans bang and L.A. Philharmonic soars with Mahler
Twigs break, cans bang and L.A. Philharmonic soars with Mahler

Halfway through his current five-year contract as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel turned, as he often has at significant junctures in his career, to Gustav Mahler. For his first subscription concert of the new season at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Thursday night, Dudamel led a magnificent account of the composer's monumental Fifth Symphony. Although this was his first time conducting Mahler Fifth with the L.A. Phil, magnificence was not unexpected. The Fifth has been a Dudamel calling card and talisman. It was the first work he ever conducted with a professional orchestra when he won the inaugural Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition of the Bamberg...

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