The London Symphony Orchestra performs Mahler’s final two symphonies.
Sir Simon Rattle (photo Sebastien Grebille) conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in Mahler’s 9thand 10th symphonies over two consecutive evenings at the Philharmonie this week. Voted the 4th greatest symphony of all time in a survey of conductors carried out by the BBC music magazine, the 9th symphony was the last that the composer completed. He wrote it between 1908 and 1909, but it didn’t receive its premier until June 1912, more than a year after his death.
The 10th symphony was written in the summer of 1910 but was not fully elaborated or orchestrated before he died. The version performed here by the LSO is that completed by British musicologist Deryck Cooke, who made several adaptations of the work between 1960 and his own death in 1976.