The symphony opens with a solo fanfare that terrifies first trumpets. The L.A. Phil's new principal Thomas Hooten nailed it and all else. His tone is bright and brilliant. He served almost as soloist in the first movement and proved a little too hard to miss elsewhere as he unfailingly cut through the dark tone that Harding went for in the blended strings and the restrained winds. In this context, Andrew Bain's rich and nuanced horn solos became a highlight.
Review: Mahler returns to the L.A. Phil, Korngold in tow
— Mark Swed, LA Times