Daniel Harding Conducts Mahler's Tenth
Thursday, January 05, 2012
After Beethoven Schubert, Dvorák and Bruckner failed to live to write a tenth symphony, Gustav Mahler gave into superstition and gave his ninth symphony a name, Das Lied von der Erde, rather than a number. And despite the fact it was actually his tenth, he never finished the piece.
It wasn’t until 1964, after much controversy over attempts to complete the score, that Mahler’s wife Alma gave her permission to Mahlerian Deryck Cooke to premiere his edition of the piece in London. Following Alma’s death, Cooke was given access to Mahler’s complete manuscript sketches of the Tenth, which enabled him to make further revisions, the final one in 1976.
Conducting the New York Philharmonic in Mahler’s Tenth Symphony is Daniel Harding, principal guest conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Harding was recently honored with the lifetime title of conductor laureate of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, where he served as principal conductor and music director from 2003-2011.
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 10 (1910), completed by Deryck Cooke (1964).