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5.0 out of 5 stars Different
This Barshai realisation of the 10th is very impressive. The orchestra is amazing and the recording fine, but Barshai's ending is entirely different in spirit from all other performances I have heard. Like the ending of the 9th it is usually presented as an acceptance of death. In Barshai's performance (and realisation) the ending becomes radiant. Once heard it is...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Novel if not great
This is an interesting recording, but mainly for novelty interest. It bears no comparison to the Cooke/Sanderling and those who do not decide to try the novelty miss little. One, or possibly two listens, then back to the outstanding Sanderling!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different, 29 Dec. 2013
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Lance Edwards (derbyshire UK) - See all my reviews
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This Barshai realisation of the 10th is very impressive. The orchestra is amazing and the recording fine, but Barshai's ending is entirely different in spirit from all other performances I have heard. Like the ending of the 9th it is usually presented as an acceptance of death. In Barshai's performance (and realisation) the ending becomes radiant. Once heard it is unforgettable. Which is closer to Mahler's intentions? Who knows. But the other symphonies are all different from each other, so why should the 10th end like the 9th? At the low price I paid for it this is definitely worth having, whatever other recording or realisation you may have.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "It's Mahler 10, Jim, but not as we know it!", 9 Feb. 2011
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D. S. CROWE "Music Lover" (UK) - See all my reviews
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The reason for the terrible title of my review is that not only is this the late Maestro Barshai's own performing version of the 10th, but in his hands, the work is unrecognisable from the 10th we normally hear.
The version we have here has much more "Straussian " orchestration than we are accustomed to with either the Cooke/Goldschmidt/ Matthews or Clinton Carpenter versions which are the most usually performed, and some really rather risible effects. For example, in the second movement there occur a couple of perfunctory clunks on a cowbell followed by a couple of spectacular glockenspiel glissandi which rather create the impression of "what can I stick in here? Ahhh, I know...!"
It is Barshai's reading that astonishes-I've already made one Straussian allusion, and it is Richard Strauss that comes to mind throughout this performance!
Barshai whips through it injecting jaunty good humour and spectacular virtuosity in a reading that suggests that this is either a lost symphony by Strauss, or Mahler's hitherto unknown scoring of Der Rosenkavalier-with strong echoes of Don Juan thrown in! Even the usually heart rending finale is tender, romantic and a touch melancholy at times, but utterly uplifting!!!Even the normally doom laden and truly awful chords that we all brace ourselves for in the finale do not carry the same portents in this version. Throughout, instead of the expected "weltschmertz" there is more of an air of "joie-de-vivre", a rarity if not unique in Mahler.
I find it impossible to keep a smile off my face while listening to each exuberant movement unfolding, as this scoring and performance are really- well, "bonkers" is the word that comes to mind! It should by all logic be a travesty-BUT-
I LOVE IT!
If you are a Mahler lover and are in need of a good cheering up, look no further-indeed, if you just need cheering up!-or if you love the 10th as I do (Chailly is still my favourite performance, though the recorded sound on the Lane/VPO recording is to die for), then you will want to hear this radically different alternative and upbeat view of this work. We think of it as a valedictory work-but Mahler didn't intend that, so I suppose it is legitimate to rethink the conventions!
It is really Mahler's 11th (or 12th, as it is so far removed from what we think of as the 10th)-but it is a great late Romantic wallow and incredibly good humoured. Who knew?
The playing of this youth orchestra is nothing short of stunning, no allowances need to be made, and the recording is very fine-I have the original 2004 issue coupled with a very fine-indeed remarkably fine- 5th for good measure.
At the paltry price of the reissue I advise it unreservedly as a "must hear" experience. Enjoy. 5 glorious stars! Stewart Crowe
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mahler 10, 6 Feb. 2011
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this recording certainly lives up to the review / recommendation in the "gramophone" magazine recently, would seriously recommend it to anyone new to the symphony or indeed to those who already have the rattle recordings.... the bournemouth still my favourite where the timps in the last mevement for me are superb.... this recording wins on the lushness of the strings and the "tension" throughout...love it!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Novel if not great, 18 Feb. 2014
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John Stapleton (London United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This is an interesting recording, but mainly for novelty interest. It bears no comparison to the Cooke/Sanderling and those who do not decide to try the novelty miss little. One, or possibly two listens, then back to the outstanding Sanderling!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 21 Oct. 2014
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everything's fine, thanks a lot! A
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