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Mahler: Symphony No 10 (Realised by Yoel Gamzou)

Magazine article Gramophone

Mahler: Symphony No 10 (Realised by Yoel Gamzou)

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Mahler

Symphony No 10 (realised by Yoel Gamzou) International Mahler Orchestra / Yoel Gamzou Wergo Colours (F) WER5122-2 (79' * DDD) Recorded live at the Philharmonie, Berlin, November 24 & 25, 2011

In the wake of Thomas Dausgaard's remarkably cogent reading of the Deryck Cooke 'performing version' of Mahler's Tenth Symphony, there is a risk that Yoel Gamzou's own more speculative 'realisation and elaboration' (premiered in 2010) will seem merely overwrought. As the young Israeli-American conductor explains in a detailed accompanying essay, he has long felt a special identification with Mahler's not-so-skeletal draft and he makes his case as passionately in print as he does on the podium.

Whether he will persuade older hands is another matter. There's something disingenuous about the way he contextualises his efforts, not even acknowledging Cooke by name, let alone colleagues like the veteran composer-conductor Berthold Goldschmidt. Nor is there a namecheck for Clinton Carpenter, Remo Mazzetti or any of the others who, rightly or wrongly, reject the discreet academicism Gamzou abhors. He is surely correct to say that Mahler would never have countenanced an unaltered reprise in the third movement any more than he would have left the opening Adagio in its present state. Then again, does that mean that we should give the green light to a performing musician's intuitive infilling? The woodwind's klezmerish interpolations from 15'16" may or may not strike you as plausible, given the controversial reading of notes deciphered differently by Krenek and Cooke in the preceding bars. …

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