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May 3, 2019

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Continuing their hugely successful, critically acclaimed series of Mahler recordings, Adam Fischer and the Dusseldorf Symphonic Orchestra perform the beautiful "Das Lied von der Erde". Mezzo soprano Anna Larsson and tenor Stuart Skelton execute the extremely demanding songs which comprise the work with passion and sensitivity.

"Das Lied von der Erde is shot through with a special atmosphere: a mood of farewell - mostly, of course, in the last movement, Der Abschied. When attempting to construct that last movement, every conductor and every orchestra are faced with a challenge that is as complicated as it is thrilling. In my view, the last movement of Das Lied von der Erde is the most difficult one to conduct in the entire repertoire. Mahler even abandoned the sensation of regular metre. He had stated elsewhere that one should not conduct the metre but the rhythm, but here things are different. Toward the end of the last movement, the 3/4 bars seem to lose contact with the ground and start to float in midair; hardly any points of reference are left for the musicians to remain together. This truly is life in the process of dissolving. When we grow old and sick, we are alone, and things start slowly grinding to a halt. I cannot disassociate this farewell from the last movement of Mahler's Ninth Symphony. Although the slow dissolving of life is even more apparent there, the tendency is already clear in Das Lied von der Erde - a continuous line can be drawn from here to the last page of the Ninth.

From the onset, the music in Das Lied von der Erde is permeated by a special mood. Even the texts, based on Far Eastern poetry, are more mood than content. Mahler repeatedly abandons the words' meaning, but the mood remains. The music implies so much more than the words! For instance, the third poem evokes the reflection of a mirror image in water, but I don't see those images anywhere in the music. Mahler is not concerned with helping us understand every syllable. If the voice, in its anguish, is drowned out by the orchestra, that is what the music is trying to achieve. Throughout a great number of passages, "beautiful tone" is not what is important. To the contrary. In Das Lied von der Erde, the singers are likewise required to declaim, cry, and shriek. I think that even those concertgoers who have no command of the German language have no problem in gaining a quite precise grasp of what is going on?" Adam Fischer

"This is a terrific account of Mahler's fledgling symphony?This is shaping up to be the most idiomatic and exciting cycle of Mahler symphonies since Kubelík and Bernstein." - Gramophone Magazine about Mahler 1

"It's the most lightly, as in ineffably, characterised Mahler One I've heard since Kubelík's. Everything flows, moves forward without rush?And when he needs to, Fischer pulls out the stops - a whole sequence of them as he magnificently marshals the final triumph. I don't know a more convincing interpretation of those last pages?Masterly." 5 STARS | BBC Music Magazine about Mahler 1

"Magisterial power in sombre and radiant marches, the subtlest rubato in the old-new minuet which follows, establish Adam Fischer as one of the greatest living Mahler conductors?Engineering render the rainbow colours of this most comprehensive of Mahler symphonies to perfection. "5 STARS | BBC Music Magazine about Mahler 3

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Catalogue number AVI8553407
Barcode 4260085534074
Number of items 1
Packaging type Digipak
Imported No
Weight 100g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 142mm x 10mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde - The Drinking Song of the Sorrow of the Earth -
2. Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde - Der Einsame im Herbst / The Lonely One in Autumn -
3. Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde - Von der Jugend / Of Youth -
4. Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde - Von der Schonheit / Of Beauty -
5. Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde - Der Trunkene im Frühling / The Drunkard in Spring -
6. Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde - Der Abschied / The Farewell -