This terrific performance of the Cooke edition of Mahler’s Tenth is a rather swift performance, just 71 minutes, and certainly one of the best–right up there with reference recordings by Gielen (Hänssler/SWR), Sanderling (Berlin Classics) and Chailly (Decca).
I do have some reservations: the opening Adagio could have more gravitas at a slightly slower basic tempo, especially for it’s second thematic group, and the fourth movement doesn’t quite convince. It comes across as rather scrambled compared, say, to Gielen. Also, if you’re going to start the finale with the same muffled drum stroke that ends previous movement, why not play the first one softly, and launch the finale with a startling, Mahlerian bang?
Read more Still, what this performance has all the way through is conviction: a total confidence in the music’s cogency and ultimate direction. It doesn’t sound threadbare or sketchy, even at the finale’s big climax, the optimal shape of which no arranger or conductor has quite figured out. The first scherzo bounces along brilliantly; the central Purgatorio flows with sinister grace; and most importantly, the last seven or eight minutes of the finale never drag, never turn static. The music’s last gasp relaxes in a way that’s truly fulfilling.
Dausgaard also has the orchestra playing with tremendous flair and virtuosity. They make the music sound almost easy (in a good way). You’d never know that this performance was captured live, before a dead-silent audience. The sonics too are excellent. So: a recording that sheds new light on the work, and reflects proudly on all concerned.
A document of a great eventJuly 29, 2016By F. Corrado (Hancock, NH)See All My Reviews"I've been attending Seattle Symphony concerts for 35 years. Over that span, which included all of the 25 years Gerard Schwarz led the orchestra, the SSO has had its fair share of remarkable evenings of music-making, and it must be said some not so remarkable. But ever since Thomas Dausgaard took over as Principal Guest Conductor a couple of years ago the orchestra, under his baton, has played with a degree of passion, precision and sheer conviction unlike anything I'd heard before. This is certainly the case in this magnificent recording of the Deryck Cooke 'performing edition' of the Mahler 10th. I attended two of the three concerts from which this recording was drawn and hearing it again in this context only confirms what I experienced those evenings in Benaroya Hall: magisterial conducting, playing by the orchestra of rapt concentration and passionate involvement, and an audience held in thrall for 70 minutes and many brought to tears. This is simply a great recording, worthy to stand alongside that of the masterful Kurt Sanderling. If you love this music, you will love this recording of it."Report Abuse