last night I completed another one of Mahler's slow movements: from his 9th Symphony the 4th movement, "Adagio".
The challenge here was to create that aura of "farewell" by using appropriate tempi and expression. Not sure if I succeeded... when I listened through headphones, it seemed ok, but when replaying it on my laptop speakers, the string attacks seemed to harsh, and the tempo appeared a bit too monotonous. Well, I need to give it a break and listen to it after a few days again, with fresh ears.
My approach here is a bit inspored by the conductor Roger Norrington, who conducted the 9th Symphony at this year's BBC Proms concert series. He makes a point not to use vibrato, because he claims that this was not there in Mahler's time. The GPO string section samples do have very little vibrato, except the solo strings. And I hesitate using the additional processing controllers for adding some vibrato - in my experience that sounds unnatural when a whole instrument section begins to "vibrate" in sync. May be more suitable for solo instruments.