Saturday, May 12, 2012

Mahler X

This playlists is a collection of 37 interpretations of Bohemian-Austrian composer Gustav Mahler's final work, the unfinished Tenth Symphony, plus one piano transcription and a recomposition by electronic musician Matthew Herbert.


To keep the playlist neat, I only included the adagio from each album, though many of them are recordings of the various "completed" performing editions. Click the albums titles to hear full performances.

You can also use the playlist as a shortcut to Mahler cycles on Spotify, as the first ten adagios are taken from ten complete Mahler symphonies box-sets: Chailly, Kubelik, Bernstein, Abbado, Gielen, Sinopoli, Haitink, Ozawa, Maazel, and Abravanel. Inbal, Boulez, Zinman and Rattle's cycles are also on Spotify (see their tenth below), though not as one album. The only notable complete sets missing are Solti (who never recorded the tenth), Tennstedt (partially available), MTT (here and gone again), and Bertini's.

Other recordings are sorted by recording date; versions in bold:
  • Scherchen, Wiener Philharmoniker, Adagio,1952
  • Mitropoulos, New York Philharmonic,  Adagio,1960
  • Rozhdestvensky, Moscow RTV Symphony Orchestra, Adagio, 1963
  • Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cooke I,1965
  • Bernstein, New York Philharmonic, Adagio,1975
  • Sanderling, Berliner Sinfonie-Orchester, Cooke II,1979
  • Rattle, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Cooke II,1980
  • Bertini, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Adagio, 1983
  • Inbal, Radio Sinfonie Orchester Frankfurt, Adagio, 1986
  • Rickenbacher, Bamberger Symphoniker Orchester, Adagio, 1988
  • A. Legeti, Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Adagio, 1991
  • Inbal, Radio Sinfonie Orchester Frankfurt, Cooke II, 1992
  • Mehta, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Adagio, 1992
  • Wit, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Adagio, 1994
  • Slatkin, Saint-Louis Symphony Orchestra, Mazzetti I, 1994
  • Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker, Cooke III, 1999
  • Olson, Polish NRSO, Wheeler IV, 2000
  • Litton, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Carpenter, 2001
  • Kremer,Kremerata Baltica, Adagio (Transcr. for 15 strings, H. Stadlmair), 2001
  • Gielen, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden, Cooke III, 2005
  • Harding, Wiener Philharmoniker, Cooke III, 2007
  • P. Jarvi, Radio Sinfonie Orchester Frankfurt, Adagio, 2008 
  • Gergiev, London Symphony Orchestra, Adagio, 2008
  • Maazel, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Adagio, 2008
  • Zinman, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Carpenter, 2010
  • Boulez, Cleveland Orchestra, Adagio, 2010
  • Schwarz, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Adagio, 2011
Get this collection in one Spotify playlist: Mahler X (48 tracks, total time: 17 hours) Ctrl (CMD) + G to browse in album view. See a noted discography of the Tenth here. Photo by A. Samur.

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