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.