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Inspired evening of Mahler, Bruckner with Eschenbach, Stutzmann, NSO

Inspired evening of Mahler, Bruckner with Eschenbach, Stutzmann, NSO

The genuine artistry of Christoph Eschenbach could not have been more apparent Saturday night as he led the National Symphony Orchestra in a searing account of Bruckner's Fourth at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

Given that this was the final of three performances, the tight level ensemble playing was not surprising. But this was more than a case of an orchestra fully comfortable with the notes, a conductor at ease with the score.

The overused (I should know -- I use it often enough) word "spiritual" came to mind as Eschenbach and the NSO dug into Bruckner's sound-world. There was something joyful, too, in the most radiant moments, as well as something...

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