Albert Camus once wrote, “when I describe what the catastrophe of modern man looks like, music comes into my mind – the music of Gustav Mahler.” If asked to specify a particular work, it is quite possible that Camus would have proposed his Symphony No. 6. Conductor Osmo Vänskä has a reputation for engaging with even the most iconic scores at face value, avoiding preconceived ideas and ‘time-honored’ traditions. His and the Minnesota Orchestra’s recording of Mahler’s Sixth follows the 2017 release of the composer’s Fifth Symphony. Nominated to a 2018 Grammy Award, that interpretation has been described as “an exceptional performance that promises great things to come” (allmusic.com).