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Mahler: Symphony No 10, BBCPO/ Noseda

Immediately before making this recording in Manchester, Gianandrea Noseda Gianandrea Noseda (born 1964 in Milan) is an Italian conductor. He studied piano, composition and conducting in Milan. His further conducting studies have been with Donato Renzetti, Myung-Whun Chung and Valery Gergiev.  and the BBC Philharmonic The BBC Philharmonic is a professional broadcasting symphony orchestra based in Manchester, England. It is one of five orchestras maintained by the British Broadcasting Corporation.  brought Deryck Cooke's performing version of Mahler's unfinished Tenth Symphony to the Proms. It's clear that their version did not travel well, for what seemed a pallid pal·lid  
1. Having an abnormally pale or wan complexion: the pallid face of the invalid.

2. Lacking intensity of color or luminousness.

, under-characterised and sometimes insecure in·se·cure
1. Lacking emotional stability; not well-adjusted.

2. Lacking self-confidence; plagued by anxiety.

 performance in the Albert Hall snaps into sharper focus on disc. Despite the improvements, it's still not quite the commanding account this extraordinary work needs. Noseda's self-conscious highlighting of details in the first movement is no compensation for a lack of clear vision of its total architecture, while the finale lacks emotional weight, or at least something to disguise the spareness of Cooke's restrained elaboration. You reach the end of this complex psychological journey without any suggestion of the catharsis catharsis

Purging or purification of emotions through art. The term is derived from the Greek katharsis (“purgation,” “cleansing”), a medical term used by Aristotle as a metaphor to describe the effects of dramatic tragedy on the spectator: by
 that's required. The central sequence of movements fares much better, though, and the vivid clarity of the playing demonstrates that the glitches in the Proms performance were simply a bad day at the office.
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