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Das Lied Von Der Erde [Original recording remastered]

Christa Ludwig , Fritz Wunderlich , Gustav Mahler , Otto Klemperer , New Philharmonia Orchestra , Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus Audio CD
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listen  1. Das Lied von der Erde, 'Song of the Earth' (1998 - Remaster): I. Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde (ten)Otto Klemperer/Fritz Wunderlich/Christa Ludwig/Philharmonia Orchestra/New Philharmonia Orchestra 8:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Das Lied von der Erde, 'Song of the Earth' (1998 - Remaster): II. Der Einsame im Herbst (con/bar)Otto Klemperer/Fritz Wunderlich/Christa Ludwig/Philharmonia Orchestra/New Philharmonia Orchestra10:10Album Only
listen  3. Das Lied von der Erde, 'Song of the Earth' (1998 - Remaster): III. Von der Jugend (ten)Otto Klemperer/Fritz Wunderlich/Christa Ludwig/Philharmonia Orchestra/New Philharmonia Orchestra 3:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Das Lied von der Erde, 'Song of the Earth' (1998 - Remaster): IV. Von der Schönheit (con/bar)Otto Klemperer/Fritz Wunderlich/Christa Ludwig/Philharmonia Orchestra/New Philharmonia Orchestra 7:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Das Lied von der Erde, 'Song of the Earth' (1998 - Remaster): V. Der Trunkene im Frühling (ten)Otto Klemperer/Fritz Wunderlich/Christa Ludwig/Philharmonia Orchestra/New Philharmonia Orchestra 4:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Das Lied von der Erde, 'Song of the Earth' (1998 - Remaster): VI. Der Abschied (con/bar)Otto Klemperer/Fritz Wunderlich/Christa Ludwig/Philharmonia Orchestra/New Philharmonia Orchestra29:32Album Only

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Product Details

  • Orchestra: New Philharmonia Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus
  • Conductor: Otto Klemperer
  • Composer: Gustav Mahler
  • Audio CD (January 12, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Classics / Angel Records
  • ASIN: B00000GCAH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,965 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Mahler considered The Song of the Earth his most personal work, and indeed it is one of his greatest and most moving. Its six sections, sung alternately by the mezzo-soprano and tenor, are set to seven poems from The Chinese Flute, a collection of Chinese lyrics translated into German by Hans Bethge, which echo Mahler's love of nature and contrast the earth's renewal each spring with the transience of human life. Composed after he lost his beloved 4-year-old daughter and was diagnosed with a serious heart ailment, the music encompasses heart-rending anguish and sublime ecstasy; conceived in the shadow of death, it is suffused with a sense of sorrowful, reluctant leave-taking finally transformed into resigned renunciation. The scoring for a large orchestra is masterful and includes many solo passages; melodic, harmonic, and instrumental devices at times create an oriental flavor. Among the work's many recordings, this is certainly one of the best. The orchestra is splendid; its wonderfully transparent sound, together with Klemperer's extremely leisurely, deliberate tempi, allows many apparently brand-new lines and details to come out and gives the second tenor solo a strikingly Chinese character. Moreover, the singers can be clearly heard, and they are incomparable: vocally glorious, musically deeply involved, sensitive to every expressive nuance and subtlety of words and music, they follow Mahler to the heights and depths of emotion, making the performance an overwhelming, unforgettable experience. --Edith Eisler

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CD has 6 tracks

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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply moving and inspired December 22, 1999
Format:Audio CD
It is rare for everything to come together as it has on this performance. The interpretation from Klemperer shows him at his finest. The great Mahler pupil shows penetrating insight into the deepest depths of this score which seems to emerge in his hands as possibly Mahler's greatest work. The two inspired vocalists never once fail Klemperer in the realisation of his vision of the work. Wunderlich gives a performance of a lifetime but Ludwig rises to the occassion in the last 'movement'(this is after all a symphony is it not). This is a performance which is almost impossible to stop listening to so convincing and powerful is the musical argument being presented - even for the most jaded Mahlerians it comes across as a revelation. Not only that but as an original recording it is a tour de force for Walter Legge and his recording team, who put most contemporary recordings to utter shame - they just don't make them like that anymore. The huge soundstage, the wonderful front to back depth make many high-tech digital production seem artificial and shallow. And at last these new 24-bit EMI transfers have been able to do full justice to the sound quality dormant in the orginal tapes.
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of THE best Mahler recordings ever! December 16, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Everyone has their own opinion of which Mahler "Erde" is best. The Walter/Ferrier/Patzak/VPO is brilliant and I wouldn't want to be without it. It was my first exposure to "Erde" and recorded beautifuly in magnificent mono. Bernstein/Fischer-Dieskau/King/VPO is fabulous. If you prefer baritone to alto, this is definitely the best. Bernstein knows Mahler and this recording proves it. Both have been remastered in recent years and sound better than ever.
I've heard many recordings of this moving work over the years but I find I keep coming back to Klemperer. The Klemperer recording is rich, broad and expansive. The remastered sound is fresh and clear. The VPO is marvelous. Klemperer balances the orchestral forces and the vocalists admirably. Wunderlich and Ludwig pour their soul into the libretto. The music envelopes the listener. This is a transcendant experience.
A great recording of the century indeed. Mahler at his finest. Most highly recommended.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mahler ohne Schmaltz March 13, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I'm 55 now so I calculate I've listened to this performance for 3/4 of my life. When I was 16 or 17, I first bought the Bruno Walter performance with Mildred Miller and Earnst Haefliger and understood that to be the way Mahler should be. It is, in its way. But Mahler's other protege was Klemperer who, in vulger terms, said Walter put too much schmaltz in his Mahler.
I was young and romantic and liked the Walter, put the Klemeprer away and lived through the 70s with Donna Summer as the ultimate soprano in my life. In the 80s I pulled out my old lps, almost unlistenable, and got on the CD bandwagon, buying the Walter and Klemperer versions when they were reissued.
I was tested one late night listening to this versions on CD: the interments and voices come from an anguished void; the orchestra alternately crushes the singers and lifts them with chanmber-music balance. Klemperer, always a master of tempi, captures the orientalism Mahler probably did not know he was achieving, and Christa Ludwig is ravishing.
There is the expected sadness here and the sense of loss, as in Walter's and others' performances, but there is also the strenghth that Klemperer himself indentified as the grand majesty of death.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunner December 29, 2002
By dan
Format:Audio CD
This Great Recording is a stunner. The incomparable Fritz Wunderlich with the incomparable Christa Ludwig. The great Otto Klemperer with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the world beating ensemble in the 1950s and 1960s bar none.
From the moment the first orchestral notes are struck, I felt like I was struck by lightning, so great was the impact. But I wasn't prepared for what was to come. Fritz Wunderlich gives a stunning performance. I was literally stunned into submission by his legendary voice. I've never been a big fan of Mahler but this recording promises to be different.
As if Fritz Wunderlich wasn't enough, Christa Ludwig was the next earthquake that shattered me to smitherins..... yes, Christa Ludwig and her legendary voice.... just so incredibly beautiful..... I was literally spellbound and dumbfounded the moment she entered.... how could a human sing so beautifully... it is the voice of an angel.... the voice of Christa Ludwig.... Christa Ludwig never ceases to amaze me. In all the roles she undertook, she is always either the best or top 2 or 3 on record. Her diction. The beauty of her voice. Her incredible range, homogeneous throughout from the lowest notes to the highest notes, including, yes a high C which she sang in a performance of the Lieberstod. I am convinced that she is the greatest Mezzo in the second half of the 20th century.
You have to hear this recording to believe it. It is just so incredibly beautiful. The legendary voices of Fritz Wunderlich and Christa Ludwig. The legendary Otto Klemperer with the legendary Philhamonia. Nobody could have done it better.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best January 28, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I've heard several recordings of this and I must say none touch this one. I had this on records for such a long time and I finally upgraded to CD. The sound on this CD is clearer than the LP, though preserving the old sound of tthe LP.
On to the performance. First of all, I think the greatest benefit of this recording is two singers extremely adept at lieder singing, christa ludwig and fritz wunderlich, both of whom are exemplary, he lyrical and she simply stunning, top to bottom, start to finish...Klemperer was always a great conductor, but esp. so in mahler, his greatest influence on his musical career. It was Mahler who wrote "Gustav Mahler recommends Herr Klemperer as an outstanding musician, who despite his youth is already very experienced and is predestined for a conductor's career." Klemperer evidently kept a copy of this quote in his wallet until the day he died. Mahler surely would have been quite impressed.
As is usual with Klemperer, the performance veers away from the expressionistic qualities that sometimes gets mixed in with this music, but he is extremely focused and the music moves along slowly but surely.
I would consider myself a Klemperer fan, and seeing that I own many of his recordings, this is by far one of his best.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Off the mark even in 1962, remorselessly repackaged and overhyped...
The early primitive multi tracking (bouncing down tracks from several four track machines into one two track master, utilising a maximum of 12 tracks) sounds distinctly hand made... Read more
Published 19 days ago by david
3.0 out of 5 stars Mahler of 1967 Revisited and Remastered
I have the LP of Klemperer-Ludwig-Wunderlich, but haven't listened to it for quite a while. A recent review of this record was ecstatic because of the re-mastering giving such a... Read more
Published 6 months ago by T. E. Layman
5.0 out of 5 stars At the pinnacle
I also have the fine Haitink/ Baker/ King recording with the Concertgebouw, but I believe it cannot quite compare to this sublime performance by artists at the peak of their... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Robert A., Shoaf
4.0 out of 5 stars Glorious music, glorious singing
I was not familiar with this work and I'm going to hear it in concert next month, so I thought I'd familiarize myself with it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jheron
5.0 out of 5 stars The best performance ever.
I thought that I had the classic performance, with Bruno Walter, Kathleen Ferrier, and Mr. Patzak, but this one is even more heavenly. Get both and compare.
Published 9 months ago by Kashaknishra
5.0 out of 5 stars A Moving Performance
I can only agree with other reviewers that this performance is the best of Das Lied von der Erde. The soloists - Fritz Wunderlich and Christa Ludwig are perfect bringing the... Read more
Published on July 16, 2010 by David A. Wend
5.0 out of 5 stars Producer Legge enough reason to buy
For those of us who admire this composition, the lavish instrumentation is only one of its many wonders. Read more
Published on February 22, 2010 by James L. Nuckels
3.0 out of 5 stars A Historic recording?
Otto Klemperer's "Das Lied von der Erde" was attractive to me because of his connection as a young man with Mahler himself. Read more
Published on March 16, 2009 by George Houle
5.0 out of 5 stars One of those rare recordings where everything surpasses all...
The modern Mahler revival began in the Sixties, and some recordings from that era have managed to survive all but unchallenged. That's certainly true of Klemperer's 'Das Lied. Read more
Published on November 9, 2008 by Santa Fe Listener
5.0 out of 5 stars A great performance
While there are other wonderful performances of these works - such as Janet Baker/Haitink - Klemperer & Wunderlich and Ludwig are the equal of any. Read more
Published on June 15, 2008 by Stephen Campbell
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