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.