This post is part 3 of 3 in the series Systems thinking for a symphony of a thou­sand.

Mahler has become one of the most popular of all symphon­ists in recent years, and has been cele­brated with symphony cycles in New York and Europe. Still, this much Mahler in such a concen­trated time is a first for a single conductor. Gustavo Dudamel may raise the stakes even higher by conducting all this Mahler from memory, likely another first. — Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic, January 8, 2012

In this clip, Gustavo talks about how he’s able to conduct from memory and without a score.