Bernstein conducts Mahler: Symphony No. 10 – Adagio (1974)
Performance date: 10/10/1974
Available until: 31/12/2023
Leonard Bernstein was among those conductors skeptical of the various five-movement performing versions of Mahler's unfinished Tenth Symphony. He confined himself instead to the first movement, an Adagio of almost unearthly beauty and near unbearable expressive intensity. It is a work of farewell – Mahler knew about the seriousness of his final illness – and of departure at the same time: the movement contains some of the most radical and modern passages to be found in the composer's oeuvre. As with all but one of the audio-visual recordings of his great Mahler cycle, Bernstein here had the Wiener Philharmoniker at his disposal – Mahler's own orchestra at the turn of the 20th century.
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