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Mahler: Symphony No 10 / Leonard Slatkin, St Louis Symphony

Release Date: 11/07/1995 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 68190   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Mazzetti’s completion of Mahler’s Tenth Symphony is the fourth to appear in the last fifty years and was premiered in 1989. First impressions are of a sound-world closer to the one we know from Mahler’s earlier symphonies, where Deryck Cooke, in his Sixties performing edition, emphasised the forward-looking, almost proto-Bergian expressionism in Mahler’s sketches.

This world premiere recording certainly makes fascinating listening if you know the Cooke, and may indeed convert more of those who believe the work shouldn’t be performed at all. Slatkin’s reading was recorded at concerts in St Louis in 1994 (though it is not billed as ‘live’ – that information comes from a fascinating twenty-minute illustrated talk comparing the
Read more four editors’ solutions to different passages, on a free companion disc).

Plenty of the detail emerges in the recording; if there is anything missing, it is a certain profundity and passion early on in the work, though Slatkin memorably scales the heights in the finale. Thus, for all its interest this issue does not replace the Rattle/Cooke (EMI) as an overall recommendation for the work, though it is a disc no Mahlerian would want to miss.

-- Matthew Rye, BBC Music Magazine

This release includes a disc with Leonard Slatkin discussing Mahler's 10th Symphony, and many musical examples.
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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 10 in F sharp minor/major by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  Powell Symphony Hall, St Louis, Missouri 
Notes: This is a performance of the Remo Mazzetti completion of Mahler's 10th symphony. 

Customer Reviews

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 Well performed, well recorded, but... July 14, 2015 By Jeffrey S. (Tucson, AZ) See All My Reviews "I have been listening to "performing versions" since the late 60s, especially Ormandy's premiere of the Cooke version, and the Simon Rattle Bournemouth Symphony recording of 1980. Now this Mazzetti edition. First of all, I am not a musician or musicologist, just a faithful Mahlerite going back to the days when we had only (only!) Bernstein, Solti, and some Walter. I loved the Ormandy premiere recording of the Cooke performing version, but it seemed somewhat sparse in the scherzos especially. I also have the Rattle 1980 recording with Bournemouth, which I listened to again after hearing the Slatkin. My impression of the Slatkin/Mazzetti version--even before rehearing the Rattle--was that it was really good, but...BUT...it to my admittedly amateur ears just didn't sound like Mahler! The first movement was void of pathos and energy (and recorded so low that I had to crank up the volume), and the rest--the most conjectural movements (2, 4, and 5) sounded distinctly un-Mahler. I went back and listened to the Rattle/Bournemouth EMI recording, and said, Aha! This is Mahler! The Rattle performance is heart-breaking in its sense of Mahlerian emotion, farewell (abschied) and resignation (but not without a fight!). I came to tears at the end of the 1st, and for the entire 5th movement. The inner movements definitely were Mahler to these ears, and reminded me why I concluded that the Cooke version is closer to the mind of the composer. I just didn't feel that way with the Slatkin, though it has much to enjoy, and am glad I have the recording in my collection. Of course, I am a mere amateur, so what do I know?" Report Abuse
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