During his brief lifetime, composer Gustav Mahler had an important connecrion with Holland and with the Dutch orchestras that premiered his works. As such, several conductors created the tradition of how these important works are to be performed.
Precision, correct rhythm, and precisely following the composers instructions are very important. Mahler always included a lot of notations in his symphonies with exact instructions to the conductor.
Conductor Bernard Haitink is an excellent example of the Dutch tradition that had begun early with performances by Mengelberg.
I listened today to Mr. Haitink, as he was directing the Mahler 4th. I saw ans heard wonderful precision especially from the winds and the horns. Really outstanding playing.
Here is Maestro Haitink, leading this performance: