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MTT and San Francisco Symphony gave incisive performance Mahler 7 at BBC PROMS

Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) and the San Francisco Symphony have acquired a bit of a reputation for their Mahler symphonies - probably made more famous by their incredible recording of the 6th Symphony on 12 Sept 2001. Last night at the BBC PROMS, MTT and SFS were on form and reveal the wonders of this atmospheric work - from the darkness of night and deep forest horn calls to the blazing sun light of the finale. MTT took the liberty / risk with the tempi - lots of rubati and rallentandi, which made sense in joining the various sections of the work together. The percussion department was having a fabulous time with swinging cow bells and glissandi timpani!

(a packed Royal Albert Hall, with the SFS awaiting MTT onto the rostrum)