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Conductor David Crown was an unshowy figure with the baton, avoiding expansive gestures but attending to each section of his band and with care to the requirements of the marked tempo. There was never that feeling of rush which can be tempting for an amateur orchestra when confronted by an extended piece like this.
I have heard it a few times but your
precision and clarity were outstanding.
Congratulations from a happy Mahlerian.