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Latest on Forbes: Eternal Youth -- Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra At 30

Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in Vienna’s Golden Hall as part of its 30th anniversary European tour with Christian Gerhaher and Daniel Harding in Hector Berlioz’ Les Nuits d'été and Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony.

The best youth orchestras – and this may well not be a secret anymore – are among the most enjoyable orchestras you can listen to: Technically at the top of the game and motivated from ponytail to pinky; ability and willingness in ready harmony at a level and consistency that cannot be expected from all but a handful of top-notch orchestras. The only thing that can possibly derail them is music that works primarily off a arcane emotional response to life – and a conductor who lacks profundity and the natural authority that comes from musical and personal authenticity. In those cases youth orchestras are prone to have a more difficult time. Incidentally Bruckner – to move from the general to the particular – is one of those composers. And the conductor on this occasion, namely the Vienna stop of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra’s 30th Anniversary Easter Tour, was Daniel Harding…

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