'Mahler himself could not have imagined it more sensitively realised.'
Classical music writer Norman Lebrecht joined us the other day at our Summer Residency in Birmingham. He sat in on our rehearsals, and gave us a very insightful talk on the life of Mahler and why his music matters. We all came away feeling even more inspired and charged to bring out the emotional intensity and beauty of Mahler's Ninth Symphony. Lebrecht was clearly impressed with his experience at NYO, as he writes in his blog:
'The young musicians, aged 13 to 19, played with as much seriousness and application as any of the world’s great orchestras I have seen in rehearsal. The concentration on Mark Elder’s comments was absolute. The final pages of the symphony sounded like a feather on the breath of God. Mahler himself could not have imagined it more sensitively realised.'
Thank you Norman Lebrecht for such compliments and for guiding us on our musical journey this summer!