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Mahler: Symphony No. 10 ~ Harding [Import]

Daniel Harding Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Symphony No.10 in F sharp (unfinished) - Ed. Deryck Cooke - 1. Adagio25:52Album Only
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  • Audio CD (April 30, 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Dg Imports
  • ASIN: B0014G5LG2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A potentially major conductor comes into his own September 4, 2008
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Here for his debut on DG Daniel Harding competes on Simon Rattle's home ground. Rattle, too, was a rising star while quite young and made one of his early successes with the Mahler Tenth, a work he as gone on to conduct more than a hundred times, amazingly. Harding, however, was the first to introduce the whole work to the Vienna Phil, in 2004. Both conductors use the revised Deryck Cooke performing edition (the only one to gain wide acceptance in the concert hall), and both meet the challenge of making the Tenth sound like real, fleshed-out Mahler rather than a collection of sketches surroudning two completed movements. I'd say that Harding goes as far as Rattle in giving us a moving performance with every ounce of Mahler's complex tonal and emotional world, and in the bargain he is more freely expressive and involving.

Harding's intent to pull us in is evident from the first bars of the great Adagio, which he molds the way a gifted Chopin pianist molds a nocturne. Literalists will want to stay at home, needless to say, once they realize how flexible the tempo and phrasing are going to be. Harding doesn't press the line as fervently as Bernstein, and he's not as coolly technical as Abbado, Chailly, or Rattle in his second recording from Berlin. Harding's approach is almost purely emotive, aiming to wrap us in a spell that will hold through the rougher, skimpier patches to come.

The Vienna Philharmonic is the perfect ensemble for him, given its effortless expressivity, although DG's slightly tubby, resonant recording could be cleaner. Another notable thing about Harding's style is its soft grain; he eschews sudden explosions and eruptions, preferrring a seamless line a la Karajan (a name I'm invoking in a positive sense).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long breathed, flowing and intense ... May 2, 2009
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Mahler 10 is one of my favorite symphonies, not just because it is 'beautiful music', but especially because it is so very different from anything Mahler ever created, I think. First of all I am drawn to this symphony (can one really 'love' this music?) because of the weird and wonderful, sometimes horrific, soundworld it inhibits - with its nervous unease but also desperate longing - and the dangerous flirtings with atonality and its bone chilling emotional implications: with Mahler, the atonal episodes (often forte or fortissimo) in his music surely stand for (sometimes utter) fear and despair ... Yes, this is music about loss and fear of death, but also it is music about the deepest possible passion for life and love!

If I may be allowed to compare this recording with one of my favorite recordings of this symphony, namely the one by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) under Sir Simon Rattle. This performance by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (VPO) under Daniel Harding is long breathed and flowing (at about the same playing times for all movements, compared to Rattle). The playing in the recording with the BPO under Rattle is more sharply accentuated, which has an emotonally jarring effect (which is indeed very appropriate, IMHO). The climaxes on this VPO recording are more gradually built up but at the same time powerful. The whole recording is characterized by a deep sense of coherence and 'flow' - a 'warmer', more enveloping sound too (an objective statement, because the somewhat more 'jittery' playing and the more directly recorded instruments - accentuating their individual timbres - on the BPO/Rattle recording is an utter success, to my ears).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not my very favorite, but still very, very good November 14, 2008
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OK, other reviewers have gone on and on about the Vienna factor. What I think is remarkable, is how UNLIKE this sounds like the day-to-day VPO in Mahler. Their response is far sharper; more rhythmic; more fleet than usual - particularly in the middle three movements. Compare this to the marmoreal sounding Maazel performances - not to mention the Abbado/VPO M9/M10 Adagio - and you'll hear a world of difference! Another big difference is in the sound quality.

Most recordings made in Vienna's shoe-box shaped Musikverein, have come from live sources. This must be a studio recording. This is the first recording of a major work played by the VPO that can begin to approach the sonic results that they regularly used to get, "back in the day", at the old Sofiensaal (eventually burnt down). Sonically speaking, this is far better than what you hear on either the Kaplan or Boulez Mahler "Resurrection" recordings, for example. Point is, the sound is excellent.

Here's another "Vienna factor": the 10th - especially in the Cooke edition - has always sounded a bit too thin, or too "nude" in the bass. The Musikverein, on the other hand, has always been generous to the lower end of the audio spectrum, and the Viennese double basses and celli are among the best anywhere. As a result, and as mentioned previously, the Vienna Phil. make the Cooke version (Goldschmidt, really) sound more filled out; more natural; more complete.

All this said, there are performances I like better for tempo relationships. The two outer movements aren't nearly so slack sounding on the recent Noseda/BBC Phil. M10 (Chandos), while their "Purgatorio" (middle movement) doesn't sound quite so rushed either. Still, the Viennese strings can sustain excess slack in the outer movements better than most.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Repose over thrills
This recording elicits some very different responses. What can we say for sure? That the standard of playing, intonation, ensemble and articulation is superb, insofar as we are... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ralph Moore
3.0 out of 5 stars New Mahler 10th
I have not listened to this performance. I don't have to. The Cooke realization of Mahler's 10th is about to be superseded by that of Yoel Gamzou's new version. Read more
Published on December 10, 2010 by Muslit
3.0 out of 5 stars A "via media" Mahler 10
There's a statement at p. 3 in the accompanying booklet that says quite a lot about this recording. Here we read the following judgement about Mahler's 10: "a lot less weird than... Read more
Published on August 13, 2010 by L. Johan
1.0 out of 5 stars I agree with Eric Gross: It's Boring
Considering the rave reviews by other listeners, I was surprised to agree with Eric Gross' view that this performance is boring. Read more
Published on August 26, 2009 by Stephen Grabow
1.0 out of 5 stars The 3 B's: Boring, Bloodless, and Bland
I simply cannot understand the ecstatic reviews of this utterly insipid performance of this brilliant work. Read more
Published on August 13, 2009 by Eric Gross
5.0 out of 5 stars Reviewing the World's first Viennese Mahler 10
The disc came shortly after I ordered it, and has been very impressive ever since. This young British maestro definitely has this score well under his skin. Read more
Published on March 1, 2009 by Robert W. Dowdell
5.0 out of 5 stars Mahler's last breath with his orchestra
Daniel Harding and the Vienna Philharmonic do this symphony the most justice yet. I have listened to every recording of this work and this is by far the best and most authentic... Read more
Published on December 17, 2008 by Peter Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars A young conductor tries Mahler's tenth
Some of the previous versions I've heard of Mahler's tenth symphony have seemed sketchy, a bit disconnected and wandering. Read more
Published on November 28, 2008 by Mr John Haueisen
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahh, the Vienna.....
I have to agree with everything that the previous reviewer stated. My only thing is that I would have liked the Timpani that starts the last movement to thunder and not be so... Read more
Published on September 21, 2008 by Ryan Kouroukis
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