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RE: +2

What particularly irritates me about conductors refusing to perform the Mahler 10 (at least the Cooke version), is that Cooke only filled in enough holes so that it could be performed in order to give audiences -- specifically people who lack a high skill level at reading sheet music -- the opportunity to hear what Mahler had in mind for the 10th. Depriving audiences of this opportunity for reasons such as it lacks "the contrapuntal element in Mahler's writing" strikes me as snobbish. Who exactly is being harmed by playing it?

Another irony of not playing the 4th movement to the Bruckner 9 is all of the different versions of the other symphonies that are floating around out there, including the Haas version of the 8th, which despite including several measures composed by Haas, it's the preferred version of the 8th for many prominent conductors.


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