Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde

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Label: B Records
Catalog: LBM042

Pascal, Maxime; Degout, Stéphane; Amiel, Kevin; Le Balcon

The Song of the Earth is Gustav Mahler’s most personal composition, as the composer himself revealed. It takes on all its twilight hues with Stéphane Degout’s vocal performance. Ardently conducted by Maxime Pascal, Le Balcon delivers a performance which sets the standard, using Arnold Schönberg’s pared-down transcription in the royal acoustic setting of the Basilica of Saint-Denis. Le Balcon and the Saint-Denis Festival have a long history, which began in 2014 with a recital by the soprano Julie Fuchs in the Music Pavilion of the Maison d’Éducation de la Légion d’honneur. Since then, all Le Balcon’s concerts given in the Basilica of Saint-Denis have left their mark on our respective histories: whether it be Monteverdi’s Vespers in 2015 (with a sound system and an electric guitar in the orchestra, a historic first for this repertoire), the final scene of Stockhausen’s Samstag aus Licht in 2016 (impressively rigorous, it literally transfixed the audience) or Mahler’s seventh symphony in 2017. Freedom, innovation, creativity but total respect for the works and composers are the words that immediately come to mind when thinking of Le Balcon, whose collective ad-venture is the basis of a faultless career.

Price: $29.98