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MAHLER, G.: Lied von der Erde (Das) (J. Henschel, Kunde, Houston Symphony, Graf)

Composer(s):Mahler, Gustav
Artist(s)
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Vocal
Catalogue 8.572498
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


In 1907 Mahler suffered a series of severe losses. Following pressure, he resigned his position as Director of the Court Opera in Vienna. After his elder daughter Maria died, he himself received the diagnosis of a severe heart condition. During the summer of 1908, Mahler sketched Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth), a ‘symphony for two vocal soloists and orchestra’. The texts, taken from Hans Bethge’s The Chinese Flute, are concerned with the themes of transience and loss, culminating in the overwhelming Der Abschied (The Farewell). The Houston Symphony and Hans Graf have recorded Zemlinsky and Berg on Naxos 8.572048; ‘tonally sumptuous and emotionally expressive ’.

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