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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
No one --- absolutely no one interprets Mahler like Bernstein. He is a reincarnation!Published 5 months ago by Dawn Nilson
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 morePublished 13 months ago by I. Martinez-Ybor
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 morePublished on December 19, 2012 by Chu
Bernstein stands alone as the greatest Mahler conductor because of his special sense of joy in the music. Read morePublished on October 11, 2011 by M. C. Maier
Bernstein famously identified with Mahler but, though he brings many insights into the composer, his supreme egomania gets in the way here. Read morePublished on March 30, 2011 by Ed
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
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 morePublished on January 7, 2009 by Nancy Stewart
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 morePublished on April 16, 2007 by bob j. d.