In the 50 minutes between the end of the first movement and the closing moments of the composition, wonderful sparks of music emerge. The final minutes — a frightened cry from the strings, a robust response from the horns — are magical. While sublime music dots the rest of the score, much of the composition feels disconnected from the entrancing first movement.
As with any unfinished symphony, controversy surrounds Mahler’s 10th. Critic William Youngren once explained that for many conductors, Mahler’s reconstituted symphony is shunned. Playing it would be to “do his memory an injustice and so to commit an immoral act,” he wrote in The Atlantic. How can anyone know how Mahler would have finished the piece? The same thing, of course, can be said for Mozart’s “Requiem,” which was unfinished at his death and has been performed often, and to great success, by the ASO and Chorus. But the Mahler is out there, and hearing it is musicologically instructive — even with ersatz-Mahler additions. Why wait 33 years?
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
8 p.m. Nov. 1. Additional performance at 8 p.m. Nov. 3. $19-$69. Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-733-5000, atlantasymphony.org.
8 p.m. Nov 2. $20-$85. University of Georgia Performing Arts Center, 230 River Road, Athens. pac.uga.edu.
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