Mahler’s Symphony No. 10 existed only in sketch form (the opening Adagio aside) at the time of the composer’s death in 1911. It was “completed” decades later by the English scholar Deryck Cooke in collaboration with Berthold Goldschmidt, Colin Matthews and David Matthews. The performing edition attempts to give an idea of Mahler’s conception of the symphony.
Cooke himself wrote various versions in order to reconstruct the piece. Harding has chosen a version that was published in 1989 after Cooke’s death (slightly revised Deryck Cooke version from 1976).
On 17 December 2004, 29-year-old Daniel Harding made his debut with the Wiener Philharmoniker; a memorable moment in any conductor’s career, but especially for one so young. On the programme was Mahler’s Symphony no. 10. Harding has since performed this symphony, which Mahler himself never lived to conduct, with other orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra (of which he is Principal Guest Conductor) and his Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. However for this recording he returned to Mahler’s own orchestra (1889–1901), to the heritage and excellence of the Wiener Philharmoniker