Mahler: Symphony No. 10

Mahler: Symphony No. 10

by Simon Rattle



Mahler's Tenth Symphony is, to a certain extent, a figment of the imagination. Mahler had completed a continuous sketch of the work's five movements, but only the first and a bit of the second were fully scored before his death. In 1960, the English musicologist Deryck Cooke made the symphony playable by orchestrating the remaining sketches. Alma Mahler, the composer's skeptical widow, was persuaded to hear the result and was so moved by the experience that she enthusiastically endorsed Cooke's completion. Although Cooke's edition is ultimately a snapshot of a work in progress, the live performance captured on this recording by Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic -- Rattle's first after being named the successor to Claudio Abbado in Berlin -- is rendered with such conviction and sustained intensity that you forget about the score's problematic status. Rattle underplays the dissonant climax of the first movement, retaining its terrible beauty without overshadowing the musical argument that continues through the rest of the movement. When the climax recurs in the finale, Rattle unleashes its full power, as if its true destiny were suddenly revealed. With such keen interpretive choices and a luminous orchestral sound, this performance makes the ultimate argument in favor of hearing the symphony whole.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/06/2000
Label: Warner Classics
UPC: 0724355697226
catalogNumber: 56972


  1. Symphony No. 10 in F sharp minor (unfinished) - realized by Cooke, Deryck

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Simon Rattle   Conductor,Primary Artist

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This recording of Mahler's Tenth Symphony, is an example of how to record a symphony or a large orchestral work. Sir Simon Rattle and the soon to be his Berliners deliver such a wonderful performance of this work, you don't notice any 'imperfections' that are supposed to exsist in it. If this recording is any indication, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra is in for a golden age under Rattle.