Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde / Bernstein, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Original recording remastered
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This is a riveting recording from the opening bars. I have not heard a more muscular rendition of the first song. The Vienna Philharmonic fires on all cylinders and Bernstein leads them onward with characteristic panache.
The addition of Fischer Dieskau as baritone makes the recording even more worthy, even if you typically prefer the more typical casting of alto in this role (most recordings feature the alto).
A worthy addition to any Mahler collection.
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.Read more ›
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Thrilling performance, but not as subtly beautiful as the Guilini/Berlin.Published 11 days ago by musicnerd
No one --- absolutely no one interprets Mahler like Bernstein. He is a reincarnation!Published 16 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 on July 13, 2014 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 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