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David Hurwitz, May 2002

"It would be difficult to conceive a performance better shaped and conducted than what Olson offers here. He clearly takes great pains to do justice to Wheeler's vision of the work, touches in some very generous string portamento where it does the most good, and secures mostly committed playing from the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra...Naxos deserves credit for making this project available at a price that every Mahlerian can afford, and it's hard to imagine any true lover of this composer not giving this admirably realized interpretation (on Olson's part) a very serious listen."

Norman Lebrecht
This is London, May 2002

"The Wheeler solution differs from Cooke and Co in two respects. Its tempi are jauntier and its textures more sparse. At first sight, this might appear to be the Hogwood of Mahler Tenths, the one to end all Mahler Tenths. But rather than ruining the appetite and confusing the public, the Wheeler score sheds new light on the symphony, removing lugubrious solemnity and suggesting a subversive irony. At ›FG5 a pop, it is also the cheapest recording on the racks."

Steve Vasta

"Olson's interpretation of Mahler's Symphony No. 10 remains insightful and affectionate, its character sharpened by time and experience. Wheeler reorients the music towards the sparer textures of late Mahler; the simpler textures are more nearly authentic. The final movement is expressive and moving, with glorious, expansive peaks; the long farewell is nostalgic and affirmative. Heartily recommended."

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