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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

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Audio CD, January 10, 1995
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  • Audio CD (January 10, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B00000E6RC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karl W. Nehring on July 24, 2009
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Those familiar with the music of Gustav Mahler know that Das Lied von der Erde ("The Song of the Earth") was originally intended to be his 9th Symphony, but he thought he could beat the "9th Symphony curse" by giving this composition a different name. Regardless of whether Mahler called it a symphonyh or not, Das Lied von der Erde is certainly symphonic in scope, scored for a large orchestra and vocal soloists.

This recording, however, is of an arrangement made for a chamber ensemble--no, not even a chamber orchestra--two violins, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, timpani, percussion (three percussionists--how many orchestras have more percussionists than violinists!?), harp, piano and celesta (same player for both, making up for the three percussionists), and harmonium. Seventeen players if my math is correct. The vocal soloists are Jean Rigby, mezzo-soprano, and Robert Tear, tenor. Mark Wigglesworth, a young conductor from the UK, leads this merry band in an utterly fascinating arrangement by Arnold Schoenberg.

I must confess that I was quite taken aback through the first few minutes, but then found myself quite intrigued by the spare texture of this arrangement. The sound quality is exemplary, as we have come to expect from the producer/engineer team of Andrew Keener and Mike Hatch. This is not a recording I would recommend to the novice listener, but to those who enjoy Mahler, and who have a favorite full orchestral version of Das Lied in their collections, I recommend this version as an interesting alternative viewpoint and an enjoyable musical experience in its own right.
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