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Mahler: Symphony No 10 (Carpenter Edition) / Litton, Dallas


Release Date: 09/17/2002 
Label:  Delos   Catalog #: 3295   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Litton’s performance is powerful, and is powerfully effective.

In terms of the overall performances, Litton scores over his predecessor in orchestral execution and recorded sound...The density of Carpenter’s orchestration becomes abundantly clear in the first Scherzo. This often-rambunctious movement is awash with percussion. But the performance has an infectious swagger, invested with a dancing vitality... The fourth movement has much of the energy of the first Scherzo, but the tragic element is stronger. Carpenter’s dynamic levels are higher than the other versions, and this recording really thunders along (Mahler in full-blooded Technicolor is a nice change from some recent cookie-cutter Mahler performances). Litton
Read more captures the anguish that erupts as the dance slowly disintegrates. The famous muffled drum at the end of the movement is heavy but not loud—and is very effective. The finale may be one of Mahler’s most poignant, and it is the movement in which Carpenter is the most active (or intrusive), as elements of the Seventh and Ninth Symphonies are interpolated. The great orchestral sigh that ends the movement is beautifully rendered, and the peace with which the Symphony ends is well earned. Litton’s performance is powerful, and is powerfully effective.

Christopher Abbot, Fanfare Issue 26:5 (May/June 2003)

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Works on This Recording

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Symphony no 10 in F sharp minor/major by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/2001 
Venue:  McDermott Hall, Meyerson Center, Dallas 
Length: 78 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: This selection was orchestrated and completed by Clinton A. Carpenter. 

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