Harding conducts Mahler 10th.

Berlin Philharmonic Concert: Saturday, September 28th, 2013

  • Gustav Mahler, symphony #10.

At 8 PM Berlin time, it was 11 AM California time, and I did not need to dress for this concert. I simply tuned in to the Berlin Philharmonic’s web site called the Digital concert Hall, and I signed in.

Don’t get me wrong: I’d love to be physically in Berlin right now, but it is not possible; so listening live via the Web, is the next best thing.

The conductor for today’s concert is the amazing Daniel Harding, whom I have admired before. At age 17, he became an assistant conductor to Simon Rattle, when Sir Simon was still at the City of Birmingham symphony Orchestra. Later, Mr. Harding became an assistant to Claudio Abbado at the Berlin Philharmonic.

Gustav Mahler did not complete the 10th symphony; he died of a serious heart ailment in Vienna at age 50. British musicologist Deryck Cooke created the version that was performed in Berlin today.

Here is the Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 10: Adagio, as performed by Leonard Bernstein:


And next, here is the Mahler Adagio from Symphony No. 10 with Abbado and the Berliner Philharmoniker:


Finally, here is the Mahler ‘Blumine’ movement, which was removed by the composer from his first Symphony. Performed by the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Harding:



Tags: Gustav Mahler, Daniel Harding, Berlin Philharmonic, Symphony #10