Richard Fairman
Financial Times
March 2015

The distinctive sound of The Hallé orchestra is now reaching out well beyond its familiar English repertoire on disc. There are times in this live performance of Mahler’s Symphony No 9 when one might wish that Mark Elder had taken more risks or for Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall to yield a brighter, more analytical sound, but the music-making increasingly gets under one’s skin—the subtle palette of greys and silvers, the unforced eloquence, the sense of a poetic elegy raised aloft in music. Here is Mahler performed with uncommon beauty and melancholy.