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Mahler: Symphony No.10 [CD]

Gustav Mahler, Berliner Philharmoniker Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Simon Rattle
  • Composer: Gustav Mahler
  • Audio CD (3 April 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Emi Classics
  • ASIN: B00004RITP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,328 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I. Adagio
2. II. Scherzo
3. III. Purgatorio (Allegretto moderato)
4. IV. [Scherzo]
5. V. Finale

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As the Payne/Elgar Symphony No.3 is not Elgar's definitive statement, Mahler did not complete a Symphony No.10. However he left "a work fully prepared in the sketch", the complete unorchestrated musical material. Had he lived, Mahler would almost certainly have shaped the material further. This means that the performance edition prepared by Deryck Cooke in the early 60s is not a completion, but an orchestration of the short score left at Mahler's death in 1911. It nevertheless sounds very "complete", both of itself, and as a summation of the romantic-epic 19th Century German musical tradition. Hereafter, the France of Debussy and Ravel would lead the musical world, and Stravinsky's 1913 Parisian premiere of The Rite of Spring would turn it upside-down.

Simon Rattle has recorded a fine version with the CBSO. In 1980, Rattle conducted the Symphony No.10 in a highly acclaimed performance with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and this new version with the Berlin Philharmonic offers even greater expressive control and power. The tempos are slightly slower and, inevitably, the performances more musically eloquent. The excellent live sound omits all but the very faintest background noise and the grave beauty of the Finale becomes a deeply moving testament to a world long-since gone. --Gary S. Dalkin

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inbal or Rattle? 21 Feb 2010
By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I know that there are other recommendable recordings out there, but comparison of these two makes sense to me for several reasons, practical and aesthetic: one, I own them both; two, they are both excellent; three, they represent contrasting, very diffferent but equally successful interpretative stances.

Rattle's version has attracted far more attention and many more reviews, for obvious reasons, but don't let that, in combination with the fact that his Mahler cycle as a whole might not be up there with the front runners, lead you to dismiss Inbal. For some reason, Inbal and his Frankfurt orchestra really came into their own for this one.

Broadly speaking, Rattle's view of this wonderful symphony, in the equally admirable completion (OK - "performing version") by Deryck Cooke, is typical of his strengths (reflected in his latest Brahms symphony cycle) and weaknesses (an ennervated and static Requiem by the same composer) as a conductor. Occasionally, he relies too heavily on too ponderous an approach which can cause his interpretation to plough into the sand and choke. Here, although he favours much broader tempi and phrasing than Inbal, I think he gets away with it: this is a grand, monumental 10th, far more tragic and reflective than Inbal's nervier, more propulsive and hopeful account. Thus, some find Rattle nerveless and cold, others find a stately beauty in his more reserved approach.

Both versions enjoy superb sound. Rattle's is spliced from two live performances and is slightly rounder and duller - or perhaps less edgy? - than Inbal's brighter studio recording; either way, the ambience provided complements each conductor's artistic choices.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The One to Beat 7 Sep 2009
By Jonathan Posner VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
It's taken me a long time to finally come out with it, but I find this, Rattle's first recording, infinitely superior to his later - and much-lauded - version with the Berlin Philharmonic. Not superior, obviously, in ensemble, refinement and string-tone, but superior in all the most important aspects. Which are? Let me count the ways.

Firstly, propulsion. I've heard versions of the first movement that are so slow (yes I know it's marked Adagio) they're in danger of falling over (or worse, falling asleep) as various interpreters strive to wring every lingering ounce of emotion from the score. But not with these Bournemouth players. A brisk and youthful Rattle really knows where he's going with this and the benefits are untold; his Berlin performance of this movement is a full minute slower and almost drags in comparison. The rest of the symphony likewise displays this relentless (and perfectly apt) momentum.

Secondly, astringency. For me, Mahler has to be astringent, even visceral, especially in the strings, and the Bournemouth musicians have this quality in spades. There's a friction here, strangely absent from polished Berlin. And if the Bournemouth strings are rougher than their German counterparts then happily, for once, that's all to the good. Just listen to them go at the beginning of the second Scherzo; there's no other version that makes my hair stand on end (and I've pretty well heard them all). And what's true of the strings is also true of the glorious, unbuttoned Bournemouth brass.

Thirdly, excitement. This was probably only the second or third time that the entire work (in Deryck Cooke's performing version) was laid down, and it shows. There's such a loving concentration and freshness here and the results are never less than electrifying.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, this is the 10th to get 13 July 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
At last I have decided to come out of the closet. Having read rave review after review, even an award(?) for Rattle's Berlin recording of Mahler 10, and having always preferred this, Rattle's first version, I somehow always felt 'different' from other people. Now with Jonathan Posner and others putting into words what I feel too, it's time to walk proud and urge listeners to go for this one.

Mr. Posner lists a number of reasons; I certainly think that the at times 'rawness' of this Bournemouth version is far more suited to the emotions we are experiencing than the rather too smooth sound of the BPO (fine though their actual playing is). There was a tremendous sense of occasion around this issue on its first appearance, it being an early EMI digital recording; the L.P.s were beautifully presented in a box with very substantial notes (I was mad to sell it); the recording was made in Southampton's Guildhall, a fine open acoustic. Those terrific bass drum thwacks in the 4th and 5th movements must have challenged the cutting engineer to the limits.

It's a tremendous experience, now at a ridiculously low price. The only other Mahler 10 I can compare this with, as an equal, is Mark Wigglesworth's live performance which was issued with BBC Music Magazine some years ago. But I think you will be lucky to get a copy of that.

Go for this Bournemouth Rattle 10. I think you really will be moved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate 10th 25 Jun 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Mahler's 10 th Symphony is probably one of the most debated works by Mahler, since it remained unfinished at his death in 1911. Many years later Deryck Cooke revived the score and completed what he called a "performing version" of the 10th. A number of conductors / orchestras have recorded the 10th, but this 1999 version from Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker is for me the ultimate version to listen to.
Rattle also recorded a version with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in 1980 (EMI Classics CDC 7 54406 2) and Kurt Sanderling (Berlin Classics 0094422BC) recorded another version with the Berliner Sinfonie Orchester in 1979. Both of these are excellent versions of the 10th, but in my opinion do not come close to Rattle's 1999 recording in terms of subtle shading, emotion and impact. When I first heard Rattle's 1999 recording, it touched my heart and soul and utterly captivated me.
If you want to hear Mahler's music at its best, then get this recording. You won't regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rattle's finest Mahler recording yet as far as I am concerned:...
Rattle's finest Mahler recording yet to my ears. I first experienced Mahler 10 through his noted Bournemouth recording first on cassette when first released and I still treasure... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Bill Glen
2.0 out of 5 stars Over studied
After years of knowing the two Rattle recordings I discovered the Sanderling/Berlin. The symphony immediately came into focus and shines as one of Mahler's greatest. Read more
Published 5 months ago by John Stapleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful recording of Mahler's Symphony No.10!!!
I was very interested to hear this version of Mahler's "draft" Symphony No.10, prepared by Deryck Cooke for performance. Read more
Published 7 months ago by And/Burro
4.0 out of 5 stars Salieri
Whilst, as we all doubtless know, Mahler's 10th Symphony is not a completed work, it is useful to look at what he actually left, and therefore what Deryck Cooke had to work from in... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Salieri
4.0 out of 5 stars Of Hammer Blows, Cow Bells and Trollops
Being sovereign in my domain, there is one composer who is persona non grata if not an outright brigand in the realm: Gustav Mahler - wanted dead or alive. Read more
Published on 26 May 2012 by Bernard Michael O'Hanlon
5.0 out of 5 stars Mahler 10, Deryck Cooke I completion. First recording.
All reviews seem to ignore the very first recorded lp of this version after Alma had her arm twisted to permit it after the first live performance on radio in the UK. Read more
Published on 17 April 2012 by Mr. T. Y. W. Kent
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks Jonathon!!
I can only agree 100% with Jonathan Posner's review- I was so disappointed with the 'Berlin PO' recording, I binned it. Read more
Published on 20 Jun 2010 by A. J. Feather
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Lost Mahler
For years I knew only the complete movement from a recording. Then I heard the whole symphony at a concert, and the next day I ordered the DVD-audio immediately. Read more
Published on 24 Jun 2009 by Kristian H. Cordtz
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely Inspirationless Cold Mahler
As usual, Simon Rattle ticks all boxes. All meticulously done and calcurated, and manages to kill great spirit of Mahler's music as happened to most of Rattle's Mahler recordings. Read more
Published on 10 Mar 2008 by Scriabinmahler
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
This is not my favourite of Mahler symphonies (apart from the fact that it wasn't complete by the time he died) mainly because I still haven't understood the reason for its... Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2007 by maximus
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