||GUSTAV MAHLER - SYMPHONY NO. 9 - HERBERT VON KARAJAN (conductor) - BERLIN PHILHARMONIC -
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4390242|
This live performance from 1982 is one of those special and rare moments when all the cogs and tumblers of the universe have clicked into place. For a conductor who, having recorded almost everything in the repertoire, did not record much Mahler, this performance is amazing on all accounts. The focus and intensity never lose their grip, and the profound emotions within the music are omnipresent and brought to the fore like no other interpretation before or since.