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New audio: Deryck Cooke’s historic analysis of Mahler’s 10th symphony

This is the original BBC broadcast (19 December 1960) of Deryck Cooke presenting his first attempt at a ‘performing version’ of the draft of Mahler’s unfinished Tenth Symphony. Essential listening, including excerpts conducted by Berthold Goldschmidt, here:

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  1. Saint Russell says:

    Issued on CD by Testament in 2011, along with the 1964 Proms premiere of the completed Cooke score, also conducted by Goldschmidt.

  2. Norman -
    Thanks for posting this – this was great!!!

  3. My own experiences with Goldschmidt and completion of the Symphony can be read on the open access Facebook page of my book ‘Forbidden Music’: So many puzzles and unanswered questions. . . .

  4. Prewartreasure says:

    Heard this live at Oxford Town Hall (in 1960). Deryck Cooke was a member of the same audience that evening, who graciously accepted the tumultuous applause when his presence was announced after the performance.

    I was located in the front row, not much more than fifteen feet from the bass drum, so I literally felt the movement of air from that instrument on my chest when it was struck!

    Unforgettable – thank you, Norman, for resurrecting that long since hidden memory.

    • Prewartreasure says:

      Maybe it’s not a good sign to be answering one’s own post, but thinking a little more about this, I feel certain this was the first public performance of this work, ever, but someone may correct me on this.

  5. Thank you for posting this, an excellent way to spend a couple of hours!

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