Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde / Ivan Fischer

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Label: Channel Classics
Catalog: CCSSA40020
Format: SACD / CD Hybrid

Gerhild Romberger (contralto), Robert Dean Smith (tenor) Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer

From the symphony to the song would seem to be an enormous step: from the largest form for the largest orchestra to the smallest form for the smallest ensemble. Gustav Mahler nonetheless brought them together and interwove them in previous symphonies as well as in ‘Das Lied von der Erde’. "The long, endlessly stretched crescendo on the single note "e" (filled with so much desire) leads to the final part of Abschied, which I can only describe with the word ‘cosmic’. The voice is surrounded by floating meteors, objects, particles or stars, which move in various directions and speeds. We have left the atmosphere and look back on the beautiful green and blue planet." - Iván Fischer, conductor

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