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Mahler: Symphony No. 10


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  • Orchestra: Junge Deutsche Philharmonie
  • Conductor: Rudolf Barshai
  • Composer: Gustav Mahler
  • Audio CD (June 1, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Brilliant Classics
  • ASIN: B003E1QDH6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,333 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Symphony No. 10 in F sharp minor (incomplete): 1. Adagio
2. Symphony No. 10 in F sharp minor (incomplete): 2. Scherzo
3. Symphony No. 10 in F sharp minor (incomplete): 3. Purgatorio: Allegretto Moderato
4. Symphony No. 10 in F sharp minor (incomplete): 4. Allegro Pesante
5. Symphony No. 10 in F sharp minor (incomplete): 5. Finale

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. F. Laurson on July 25, 2013
Rudolf Barshai set upon his own draft [of Mahler's 10th Symphony], drawing on all available versions and coming up with what I find to be by far the best attempt of presenting a coherent, exciting Mahler symphony. Excellent sound and a wildly inspired playing Junge Deutsche Philharmonie add tremendously. Barshai uses an almost bewildering variety of instruments in his Tenth, moving further from the score in that regard than anyone else. Some might find the sounds of the guitar, castanets, or xylophones as uncharacteristic of Mahler (the Mahler of Symphonies 1-9 that is) or could deem the atmosphere `congested'. Maybe, but it sure makes for tremendous excitement. Of course we have no idea what Mahler would have ended up using for the final version of the Tenth----and despite the curiously large number of percussion instruments that Barshai uses, the tender and sparse, `broken' orchestral texture of the symphony never gets disturbed. No one else sets the two threatening nine-tone chord 'gates' in the first and last movement down in such a deliciously terrifying manner; Barshai successfully circumnavigates those rare moments where Cooke sounds oddly un-Mahlerian or just too literal. The additional meat he hangs on the bones of the Mahler skeleton----as compared with Wheeler's leaner attempt----make for generally more satisfactory listening. Top choice among Mahler 10s of the WETA/ionarts Mahler Survey. (ionarts.blogspot.com/2011/06/gustav-mahler-symphony-no10-part-2.html)

Note: This is a most welcome re-release of the Brilliant twofer that contained the 10th and the dark-horse favorite 5th. The Fifth has been re-issued separately, as well.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Hannibal on February 26, 2011
With all that has been written about the flaws of this last, unfinished example of Mahler's genius (he only completed the opening movement), it's greatness is beyond dispute as this one finished movement is played by everyone and despite nudging atonality and opening the way for the development of the Vienna School, what has been left alone by Deryck Cooke and the others is more than enough to get us to the magnificent final movement.

Here we meet Mahler's unforgettable flute solo which in turn transports us to his fabulous farewell to his wife Alma, music so ravishingly beautiful that it almost beggars description.

Sadly, Ormandy's interpretation is mushy,and too homogenized despite his orchestra's great talent. Simon Rattle keeps his British reserve - too much so in fact, though his latter recording (with Berlin) is certainly better than his earlier one. Chailly and Gielen, both of whom are excellent, underrated Mahler conductors seem befuddled here, and Lopez-Cobos in his recording is saddled with Remo Mazzetti's unsatisfactory departures from the Deryck Cooke model.

No, forgive the cornball conclusion, but if life were to end as it does at the close of Mahler's 10th Symphony as played here by Rudolf Barshai and the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, I'd be a happy man....
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Grabow on June 30, 2010
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I have already reviewed this recording in my review of it coupled with the 5th symphony on a double cd by Brilliant Classics. Because the 5th is so highly rated, many will prefer to buy them both together. However, since I prefer other versions of the 5th -- namely, Chailly, Jansons, Zander and Barbirolli -- I prefer to have this version of the 10th all by itself. Unlike the versions by Cooke et al., Barshai is a highly accomplished musician (founding member of the Borodin Quartet and long-time conductor of Moscow Chamber Orchestra and others) and an experienced orchestrator (Shostakovich-authorized arranger of some of his string quartets for orchesta). This 10th is his own "reconstruction" and is really satisfying without taking too many liberties. Among my other preferences, I would rank it alongside Chailly, Sanderling and Gielen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Firebrand on June 19, 2013
Mahler's unfinished score for his Tenth symphony has been ably projected and realized in performing editions of (most commonly) Deryck Cooke, Joe Wheeler, Clinton Carpenter, Remo Mazzetti, and others. Performances of the Tenth are now commonplace, and there are numerous recordings, many compelling.

The Rudolf Barshai edition of the Mahler Tenth stands above all others. Both the score and this performance have earned lavish critical praise, and justifiably so. It is not only the most complete vision of the Tenth sketch, it is the only one that winds up sounding skeletal, gimpy or wrong. It is the only one that penetrates, and that sounds and feels like full blown Mahler, fleshed out. This performance blooms, emotes, soars, plumbs the depths, and captures every subtlety and mood. The fact that Barshai leads a youth orchestra---performing on par with the finest world class orchestras on earth--- simply adds to the magic of this recording.

Barshai's treatment of the first and third movements, the adagio and purgatorio, which were completed by Mahler, are as fine as any. The scherzo is full of rustic flavor and snarl, with bold orchestration. There is no fourth movement allegro pesante more powerful or exciting than Barshai's, who delivers the perfect amount of bite and swagger. Barshai's finale, where many other austere skeletal interpretations literally fall apart, absolutely stands alone. It is epic, sublime, and poignant beyond belief. In a performance that goes from strength to even greater strengths, to a summit with the finale, it is Barshai's Tenth where you hear the culmination of Mahler, as it is meant to be.

This recording is a testament to the brilliance of both Mahler and Barshai is a treasure, never to be equaled.
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