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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde / Bernstein, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra [Original recording remastered]

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Das Lied Von Der Erde - 1. Das Trinklied Vom Jammer Der ErdeJames King 8:31Album Only
listen  2. Das Lied Von Der Erde - 2. Der Einsame Im HerbstDietrich Fischer-Dieskau11:20Album Only
listen  3. Das Lied Von Der Erde - 3. Von Der JugendJames King 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Das Lied Von Der Erde - 4. Von Der SchönheitDietrich Fischer-Dieskau 8:09Album Only
listen  5. Das Lied Von Der Erde - 5. Der Trunkene Im FrühlingJames King 4:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Das Lied Von Der Erde - 6. Der AbschiedDietrich Fischer-Dieskau30:59Album Only

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  • Audio CD (September 14, 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00001IVQU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,945 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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After more than three decades, this remains the Lied of choice if you prefer Mahler's sanctioned baritone alternative in the alto songs. Bernstein's the hero of this intense, powerful reading. The Vienna orchestra, once led by Mahler himself, plays it to the hilt with expressive wind solos, deep, warm strings, and a searing response to Bernstein's (and Mahler's) emotional demands. King copes manfully with the cruelly difficult tenor songs, but Fischer-Dieskau is wonderful in the alto-baritone songs, singing with a great lieder specialist's textual nuance and vocal splendor. I've been imprinted with the versions featuring Ferrier with Walter and Ludwig with Klemperer but would not want to be without this great recording. --Dan Davis

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Mahler records of all time February 1, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Das Lied is one of Mahler's best works, and this is a slightly different version for tenor and baritone, rather than for tenor and mezzo-soprano. But the baritone in question is the great Fischer-Dieskau, and the conductor, arguably the greatest Mahler conductor of all time, teams up with his soloists to make this a fabulous recording, with great sound too. This is among the half dozen Mahler records you need (another is the Fischer-Dieskau recording of the Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the Rueckert Lieder on DGG). But between Bernstein and Fischer-Dieskau, it's hard to choose who is the star. King, the tenor, is fine also. This was a recording deal done between two companies, Decca and Columbia. Decca got this and a Mozart recording with Bernstein and the Vienna Philharmonic; Columbia got Bernstein's Der Rosenkavalier. I remember passing over the LP years ago, thinking that the "regular" version was to be preferred; now I am just glad that I finally tried this one. The orhestral sound is sumptuous, as is the playing. Fischer-Dieskau is unforgettable.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Mahler August 6, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Das Lied von der Erde was the most personal and intimate work that Mahler wrote. Though he himself referred to the work as a symphony, he orchestrated it very much like one would do for a chamber orchestra, thus it makes the piece even that much more personal. This particular recording was made in 1966 by the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by the greatest Mahlerian, Leonard Bernstein. Rather than using the conventional tenor and soprano voices to sing the songs, Bernstein in this recording(he made two) chooses to use the alternative - a tenor and a baritone. I personally prefer the baritone to the soprano, because I feel as if the deep voice better conveys the irony, longing, passion, and pain that Mahler expresses in what I think to be his greatest work. This recording not only features a baritone singer, but the greatest baritone lied singer, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. This makes this particular recording of Das Lied von der Erde the best one currently available, and it is likely to be insurpassable. As usual Bernstein wrings ever ounce of emotion from this great piece, and he chooses singers who can do the same. The sound quality in this new Decca digital transfer is superb, making this old recording sound as if it were brand new. Plus a mid-price add even more to make this appealing. The definitive Lied von der erde with great sound at a great price makes this disc a must have.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Expressionist Das Lied von der Erde. November 2, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Here we have the most expressionist recording of Das Lied von der Erde I know, and I know about 20 recordings (Klemperer, Giulini, Haitink, Jochum, Rattle, Walter, etc), not too much, but enough to compare it with some other conductors and styles.

First of all it's important to forget the poor Decca recording, with lot of noise and not very well balanced. Anyway, if you can go to what the interpretation is, you will find a jewel of Mahler's music.

Leonard Bernstein is recorded here in his first years playing with the wiener orchestra and the good feeling between both can be felt since the very beginning of the work, from that breathtaking Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde that Bernstein understand like a terrible tale, like a touch of attention to the not prepared listeners. The power, the intensity of the orchestra's playing is really outstanding and James King singing is the ideal complement as he is too full of energy and mahlerian style. He's one of the most convincing singers in this complex first song, together with Wunderlich (EMI, with Klemperer), who sings really wonderful too.

The Bariton songs (No.2, 4 & 6) are sung by the greatest Mahler singer of all time, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, who join his outstanding voice with a very natural and mature understanding of the scores, something he really feel like no other, as you can listen in the final Abschied, where you can think he's singing his own farewell, like Ferrier did, but, in my opinion, with a much more technical singing in this recording. The dynamics, the emotions, the tempi... are so great described by Dieskau that it really seems the work was composed for him.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all-time favorites!! July 2, 2001
Format:Audio CD
An intense moving rendition of Mahler's great symphonic/song poem! King and Fischer-Dieskau are both powerful and lyrical. They take the singing of this work to another level. I have several different versions of this work, but this is my favorite. Bernstein and the VPO are marvelous, it is the intensity and beauty of this interpretation that is so sublime. Everyone involved seems to be at their peak here. If you don't have this CD and you love Mahler, get it now!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Non-Standard Das Lied Von Der Erde February 23, 2012
Format:Audio CD
As others have mentioned, this version of Das Lied Von Der Erde features tenor and baritone instead of mezzo-soprano and I think this is why I keep coming back to it. I just feel the piece works better with a baritone. James King and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau both give unbelievable performances. Bernstein and the Vienna Philharmonic coax everything needed to make this the most superb recording of this work for me. It's really a desert island disc for me. Many people who don't like it are Bernstein bashers who just don't like him or how he interpreted Mahler. If you're a fan of Bernstein's Mahler and are tired of hearing the same old sounds featuring a mezzo-soprano, give this one a try.
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3.0 out of 5 stars No baritone has sung Das Lied better than Fischer-Dieskau
And yet, so many people who praise this recording, and in some ways it is indeed praiseworthy, probably do not even know that around 1958 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau recorded Das... Read more
Published 1 month ago by I. Martinez-Ybor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music Wonderfully Performed
I'll leave all the detailing to the real gurus. I'm just a guy who loves Mahler and grew up on this recording and the one with Ferrier. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Cal
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting reading of Das Lied by Bernstein
Bernstein stands alone as the greatest Mahler conductor because of his special sense of joy in the music. Read more
Published on October 11, 2011 by M. C. Maier
3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly Lenny!
Bernstein famously identified with Mahler but, though he brings many insights into the composer, his supreme egomania gets in the way here. Read more
Published on March 30, 2011 by Ed
5.0 out of 5 stars Talent all around
It's a true pleasure being in this musical enviroment where everything has it's place and fit's together so well.
Just relax and let the lines go by. Read more
Published on September 23, 2010 by Team
3.0 out of 5 stars gift
I bought this set as a gift for my nephew, he picked it out. As a classical pianist in training, he is very particular about what music, what conductors, and what orchestras he... Read more
Published on January 7, 2009 by Nancy Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars the one poem that you will bring with to the tomb
maybe Das Lied Von Der Erde is the last station mahlerian travellers stay at. i do. i met so many poets at there. they gave me a deeper comfort. Read more
Published on April 16, 2007 by bob j. d.
5.0 out of 5 stars A chinese man's review
Mahler was inspired by Chinese poems and then here they are Das Lied von der Erde, the Song of the earth. Read more
Published on October 24, 2005 by L. Huang
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much Bernstein, not enough Mahler
I own every Bernstein Mahler recording but place this one pretty far down on the list. The Vienna Phil. Read more
Published on September 24, 2005 by Santa Fe Listener
5.0 out of 5 stars A highly irresistable, stunning performance.
Of all the symphonies Mahler wrote, "The Song of the Earth" - an unnumbered symphony Mahler wrote in fear of the "Curse of the Ninth" - evokes emotions at its most raw, fresh and... Read more
Published on July 10, 2005 by Shota Hanai
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