He was the composers’ friend. This is how Bernd Feuchtner, Rudolf Barshai’s biographer, describes the conductor, viola player and arranger. Barshai has died on 2nd November in Basel at the age of 86.
His work of many years on the reconstruction of Mahler’s 10th Symphony was a valuable addition to UE’s Mahler catalogue. His reconstruction of the symphony, filling the gaps of the Cooke version with sensible insertions and intelligent suggestions in order to achieve the full Mahler sound, will remain an important item in a rich legacy.[nbsp]