Composer: Gustav Mahler
Performer: Christa Ludwig – contralto, Rene Kollo – tenor
Orchestra: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Number of Discs: 1 SACD-R
Bit Depth: 64(2.8 MHz/1 Bit)
Number of channels: 5.0, 2.0
Label: Columbia / Sony Music
Size: 3.17 GB
Leonard Bernstein, Israel Philharmonic, Christa Ludwig, Rene Kollo
Gustav Mahler: Das Lied von Der Erde
01. 1.Satz:Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde
02. 2.Satz:Der Einsame im Herbst
03. 3.Satz:Von der Jugend
04. 4.Satz:Von der Schonheit
05. 5.Satz:Der Trunkene im Fruhling
06. 6.Satz:Der Abschied
Leonard Bernstein’s first complete cycle of the Mahler symphonies, in the Japanese stereo/multichannel releases of what were originally 3-channel recordings.
Mahler was terrified of the “curse of the 9th” – that both Beethoven and Bruckner had died after composing their 9th Symphonies. Accordingly instead of a numbered symphony, after the 8th he wrote this “symphony of songs” in 6 movements. It contains some of Mahler’s loveliest vocal writing, especially in the lengthy farewell at the final movement.
For those who want to keep their Mahler Symphonies straight, a helpful guide.
If you want Bernstein on Mahler, there’s no better place than his televised “Young People’s Concert” on Mahler.
Musicweb has a comprehensive review of the entire cycle in the DSD remastering (but on RBCD)