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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde; 3 Ruckert-Lieder [Original recording remastered]

Gustav Mahler , Bruno Walter , Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra , Kathleen Ferrier , Julius Patzak Audio CD
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listen  1. Das Lied Von Der Erde - 1. Das Trinklied Vom Jammer Der ErdeBruno Walter 8:48Album Only
listen  2. Das Lied Von Der Erde - 2. Der Einsame Im HerbstBruno Walter 9:21Album Only
listen  3. Das Lied Von Der Erde - 3. Von Der JugendBruno Walter 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Das Lied Von Der Erde - 4. Von Der SchönheitBruno Walter 6:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Das Lied Von Der Erde - 5. Der Trunkene Im FrühlingBruno Walter 4:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Das Lied Von Der Erde - 6. Der AbschiedBruno Walter28:25Album Only
listen  7. Rückert-Lieder - Ich Bin Der Welt Abhanden GekommenBruno Walter 5:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Rückert-Lieder - Ich Atmet' Einen Linden DuftBruno Walter 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Mahler: Rückert-Lieder - Um MitternachtBruno Walter 6:31$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  • Performer: Kathleen Ferrier, Julius Patzak
  • Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Bruno Walter
  • Composer: Gustav Mahler
  • Audio CD (November 14, 2000)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00004XQ8E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,199 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It should have six, maybe seven, stars! October 21, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Out of the many "Das Lied"s in my collection--starting with Bernstein/Fischer-Dieskau/King, purchased when I was a junior in high school, this is undoubtledly the nonpareil. I have owned this recording in one form or another for over thirty years--in fact, I even ordered a copy of Decca's previous CD remastering from England when I couldn't find it here, and so I was a tad hesitant to purchase another copy when this release came out; I suppose it was the three Ruckert songs that made me decide to purchase it. A quick comparison with the earlier CD sold me on this one right away. There is a clarity to the orchestra's detailing and to the singing that just wasn't there in earlier versions. The inclusion of the original cover art was a bonus, as well. This is a heartbreaker--Ferrier's wonderful dark voice is unequalled in any other performance I've heard--including Walter's earlier recording with Thorberg, as well as Christa Ludwig's with Bernstein, etc. Julius Patzak approaches his parts with a passionate abandon that I prize as well. If you care anything about Mahler, you must own this recording, along with EMI's latest re-release of Ferrier's Kindertotenlieder. There's nothing to compare. One of the greatest of great recordings, and better than ever!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DESERVEDLY A CLASSIC BUT... January 8, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Now this recording is out of copyright it is beginning to turn up on several labels (e.g. Naxos). It is, after all, a classic recording. However, it was Decca who recorded it and they therefore are the ones who have access to the originals. So this is probably the best transfer, worth the extra cost over its rivals.

Its status as a classic is well deserved. Walter was a close colleague of the composer, talked through the work with him and conducted the world premiere after Mahler's death. It was a piece he had lived with for more than 40 years by the time this recording was made and his interpretation therefore at least deserves serious respect. Of course, it merits much more than that. Walter loved this music and invested it with all the depth of humanity he brought to everything he conducted. There is appropriate weight and thrust to the opening Trinklied, a logically consistent flow to the meandering melodic lines of the Einsame im Herbst, Schubertian delicacy in Von der Jugend and so on right through to the yearnings and final resigned acceptance of Der Abschied. This, as you might expect from Walter, is a Das Lied viewed from the Mozart, Schubert, Brahms end of the telescope rather than as the forerunner of Schoenberg, Berg, Webern and beyond. To that extent he could be said to smooth out some of the more abrasive orchestration, to soften the impact of the clashing harmonies in the great Funeral March and to try to integrate the often disparate and apparently unrelated contrapuntal melodic lines. For a contrasting point of view, you need to turn to Rattle, Boulez or, interestingly, Horenstein.

One of the chief raisons d'etre for this recording, of course, was the special relationship that had developed between Walter and Kathleen Ferrier.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My thoughts..... July 12, 2005
Format:Audio CD
For a performance more than 50 years old, it sounds really good. Kudos to the engineers; I never knew the early 50s recording can be that good. Kudos too to Bruno Walter, a close friend and great interpreter of Mahler, and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, certainly one of the world's finest orchestras.

Personally, I didn't really like Julius Patzak on the tenor. He sounded to mellow, less dramatic compared to James Kings on a rivalling performance done by Bernstein with the same orchestra (and the same label) 14 years later.

Kathleeen Ferrier, on the other hand, is an absolute winner. There's something really special about her performance that really makes me want to cry, particularily in the "Farewell" movement. She sounded very rich and warm when she was singing in moderate registers, but very sweet and delicate - fragile even as if she know she was going to live no longer - whenever she took the higher notes. By the time she sings "Everywhere the lovely earth blossoms" I was in tears, knowing that this would be one of her glorious moments in her career before dying of cancer. Fischer-Dieskau's performance (with Lenny) was touching in one thing, but Ferrier's performance was an excrutiating experience...

May her performance touch others... for ever... and ever.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One the greatest of all time. May 19, 2006
Format:Audio CD
There are times when you can't let something pass. I've heard this nonsense about how Bruno Walter "didn't understand Mahler." The fact that Walter knew Mahler well and worked with him gave him far better insight into the composer than those commenting almost a century after the fact. The poetry in this performance is there for those whose who are capable of hearing it. Stating that Ferrier was past her prime seems odd in that she was about 40 when this recording was made and if made in 1951 it would have been two years before her death. She was a true contralto (the voice for which the music was written)with a tonal color that any mezzo-soprano can only approximate. Regarding this not being opera it might do well to remember that Mahler was primarily a conductor of opera. Would this have influenced how he may have wanted this work performed? I think so.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A splendid first and second symphonies of Mahler by a man who knew him...
12-03-2013. Bruno Walter met composer. Moeller 1901 this recording is of the symphonies numbers one in D major by Moeller and his second symphony see minor Resurrection written... Read more
Published 11 months ago by NUC MED TECH
5.0 out of 5 stars to enjoy music
I wanted to listen to JonasKaufmann and Sofi vo Otter but they havn't playd this on disc.
I have enjoyed old disc with Kathleen Ferrier and I wasn't disapointed to listen to... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Björg Ingvarsdottir
5.0 out of 5 stars The best recording in existence of das Lied von der Erde
The Kathleen Ferrier/Julius Patzak is by far the very best recorded performance of Das Lied von der Erde. Read more
Published 22 months ago by The Guy who likes Zebus
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing
This heartfelt, magesterial work Das Lied von der erde as sung by Kathleen Ferrier is heartbreaking in the poignant understanding Ferrier has of Mahlers intentions to convey the... Read more
Published on September 23, 2012 by dickiem
5.0 out of 5 stars Das Lied von der Erde Ferrier Patzak
This has to be one of Decca's crown jewels! Ferrier's wonderful performance, directed by Bruno Walter, who knew Mahler personally, is obsolutely outstanding; no serious lover of... Read more
Published on June 6, 2010 by E. S. Wilks
4.0 out of 5 stars Mahler:Das Lied von der Erde
Beautiful, but I feel that the Klemperer/Ludwig/Wunderlich rendition is more vigorous and performed with greater feeling.
Published on January 6, 2009 by Zoltan
5.0 out of 5 stars If you skip the Mahler and the tenor
Hard to imagine a blowhard on a vaster scale than Gustav Mahler. And yet hard to imagine anything more moving than the final "ewig"'s in the Abschied. Read more
Published on August 4, 2007 by Frank G. Feldman
1.0 out of 5 stars IF YOU ALREADY LOVE THESE PIECES...
...go for this cd. Just my taste talking: after many listenings, I could not get a melody out of this. Nothing made sense. Read more
Published on July 16, 2007 by T. Bellows
3.0 out of 5 stars The Da Mahler Code
This is probably a minority report, but I could never understand why the Walter/Ferrier recordings of the "Das Lied" are considered to be the best Songs of the Earth. Read more
Published on January 10, 2006 by Amadeus 888
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a first choice, but still a must-have
I own nine different recordings of Mahler's Das Lied Von Der Erde, and I would probably rate this somewhere in the middle, with Kubelik, Sanderling, and Klemperer ahead of it, and... Read more
Published on August 6, 2004 by meltbanana
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