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  • Audio CD (5 Oct. 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00001IVQU
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  1. Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde - 1. Das Trinklied vom Jammer der ErdeJames King 8:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde - 2. Der Einsame im HerbstDietrich Fischer-Dieskau11:21£1.49  Buy MP3 
  3. Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde - 3. Von der JugendJames King 3:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde - 4. Von der SchönheitDietrich Fischer-Dieskau 8:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde - 5. Der Trunkene im FrühlingJames King 4:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde - 6. Der AbschiedDietrich Fischer-Dieskau30:59£4.09  Buy MP3 

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bacchus TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Jan. 2011
Format: Audio CD
While everyone is entitled to their opinion, I really feel the need to counter the comments made by the other reviewer of this product.

I have 12 different versions of Das Lied von der Erde at home (including the famous Bruno Walter recording with Kathleen Ferrier mentioned in the other review) and this recording by Leonard Bernstein is one of my absolute favourites.

To put this recording in context, it was one of Leonard Bernstein's first forays into European music making having been active almost exclusively in the United States. This is one of the persuasively conducted recordings I have ever heard of this piece. The Vienna Orchestra plays gorgeously. I think that Mahler treats the orchestra as a giant chamber ensemble and there are so many lovely individual touches in the orchestral delivery. I think also that Leonard Bernstein's personality as a conductor is so vividly projected. Every phrase is alive with meaning.

The two singers are also pretty amazing. Although it comes as a shock when you first hear the even numbered songs sung by a baritone rather than contralto voice, the ear soon adjusts. Dietrich Fischer Dieskau brings stunning lieder-like word pointing and extremely clear vocal line to his part. It is a very hard part for a baritone to sing but I was not made aware of any difficulties in his delivery.

James King has not always been a favourite of mine. He can sound stiff but you cannot but admire the solidity of his slighly baritonal tenor sound. The 3 tenor songs in the work seem to require 3 different voices, from heldentenor in the first song to light lyric tenor in the second. It is rare that a singer can do justice to both songs. James King is just right in the first song.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Graham Mummery TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Nov. 2012
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Mahler's "Das Lied von Der Erde" is often cited as his greatest work. Completed not long before his death, it is certainly one of his most perfect works. A song of farewell to life, it also celebrates it. The last words "the beautiful earth blossoms for ever and ever" are devastating. Never more so in the music of Mahler who in his last works (including the 9th and 10th symphonies) takes listeners into and beyond destruction.

It was so poignant in the hands of Katheleen Ferrier, whose performance with Bruno Walter, Mahler's protige in (Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde) ranks as one of the greatest of all Mahler recordings. There is extra pathos in the fact that Ferrier was soon to die of cancer.

Mahler's greatest interpreters have often been prepared to take the music into destruction. Conductors to my mind who do this are often the most successful. I think of Klaus Tennstdet, Otto Klemperer and above all Bernstein in this. And for many, including me, Lennie is the greatest Mahler conductor. No one else got closer to Mahler's spirit, not least because of his willingness to take sometimes insane risks.

"Das Lied" is usually performed with a tenor and a mezzo. There have many been great recordings of it performed this way. My favorites include the above mentioned one with Ferrier, Patzak and Walter. Also Klemperer (hear Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde - Ludwig, Wunderlich, Klemperer) with the divine Christa Ludwig. They are benchmark recordings.
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By abkq on 23 Jan. 2015
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This interpretatively superb recording of Mahler's "Das Lied von der Erde" made in Vienna in 1966 prefigures those highly subjective and indulgent readings of Romantic symphonic works that Bernstein made for DG in Vienna in the last decade or so of his life.
In this recording Bernstein chose the baritone version for the even-numbered songs instead of the usual mezzo. I actually prefer this alternative version, especially with Fischer-Dieskau's intimate, detailed, Lieder-like delivery. Bernstein's conducting is impassioned and emotive. The magnificent orchestral crescendo in 'Der Abschied' just before 'Die liebe Erde alluberall bluht auf ... ' never fails to send me into ecstasy.
For me there is another recording that complements this Bernstein performance perfectly - It is Karajan's recording with BPO/Ludwig/Kollo. Here Karajan takes the opposite view by treating this sequence of songs as 'songs out of the earth'. Such is the refinement and utter controlled restraint of the BPO's playing. It is as if Karajan views this valedictory work from a higher transcendental plane while Bernstein is still in the midst of life. Both Bernstein's & Karajan's interpretations are valid and I would not like to do without either.
Please DG, scrap the Galleria series with its commercial artwork and restore Karajan's 'Das Lied' to the 'Originals' collection.
Bernstein's disc is technically outstanding. Recorded in Sofiensaal Vienna, produced by John Culshaw and engineered by Gordon Parry, one does not expect anything less.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
One of the best Mahler records of all time 2 Feb. 2000
By Allan Brain - Published on Amazon.com
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Das Lied is one of Mahler's best works, and this is a slightly different version for tenor and baritone, rather than for tenor and mezzo-soprano. But the baritone in question is the great Fischer-Dieskau, and the conductor, arguably the greatest Mahler conductor of all time, teams up with his soloists to make this a fabulous recording, with great sound too. This is among the half dozen Mahler records you need (another is the Fischer-Dieskau recording of the Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the Rueckert Lieder on DGG). But between Bernstein and Fischer-Dieskau, it's hard to choose who is the star. King, the tenor, is fine also. This was a recording deal done between two companies, Decca and Columbia. Decca got this and a Mozart recording with Bernstein and the Vienna Philharmonic; Columbia got Bernstein's Der Rosenkavalier. I remember passing over the LP years ago, thinking that the "regular" version was to be preferred; now I am just glad that I finally tried this one. The orhestral sound is sumptuous, as is the playing. Fischer-Dieskau is unforgettable.
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Essential Mahler 7 Aug. 2001
By A. Michaelson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Das Lied von der Erde was the most personal and intimate work that Mahler wrote. Though he himself referred to the work as a symphony, he orchestrated it very much like one would do for a chamber orchestra, thus it makes the piece even that much more personal. This particular recording was made in 1966 by the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by the greatest Mahlerian, Leonard Bernstein. Rather than using the conventional tenor and soprano voices to sing the songs, Bernstein in this recording(he made two) chooses to use the alternative - a tenor and a baritone. I personally prefer the baritone to the soprano, because I feel as if the deep voice better conveys the irony, longing, passion, and pain that Mahler expresses in what I think to be his greatest work. This recording not only features a baritone singer, but the greatest baritone lied singer, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. This makes this particular recording of Das Lied von der Erde the best one currently available, and it is likely to be insurpassable. As usual Bernstein wrings ever ounce of emotion from this great piece, and he chooses singers who can do the same. The sound quality in this new Decca digital transfer is superb, making this old recording sound as if it were brand new. Plus a mid-price add even more to make this appealing. The definitive Lied von der erde with great sound at a great price makes this disc a must have.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Non-Standard Das Lied Von Der Erde 23 Feb. 2012
By Brian Copp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As others have mentioned, this version of Das Lied Von Der Erde features tenor and baritone instead of mezzo-soprano and I think this is why I keep coming back to it. I just feel the piece works better with a baritone. James King and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau both give unbelievable performances. Bernstein and the Vienna Philharmonic coax everything needed to make this the most superb recording of this work for me. It's really a desert island disc for me. Many people who don't like it are Bernstein bashers who just don't like him or how he interpreted Mahler. If you're a fan of Bernstein's Mahler and are tired of hearing the same old sounds featuring a mezzo-soprano, give this one a try.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
One of my all-time favorites!! 3 July 2001
By Norm Hall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
An intense moving rendition of Mahler's great symphonic/song poem! King and Fischer-Dieskau are both powerful and lyrical. They take the singing of this work to another level. I have several different versions of this work, but this is my favorite. Bernstein and the VPO are marvelous, it is the intensity and beauty of this interpretation that is so sublime. Everyone involved seems to be at their peak here. If you don't have this CD and you love Mahler, get it now!
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Expressionist Das Lied von der Erde. 2 Nov. 2005
By Paco Yáñez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Here we have the most expressionist recording of Das Lied von der Erde I know, and I know about 20 recordings (Klemperer, Giulini, Haitink, Jochum, Rattle, Walter, etc), not too much, but enough to compare it with some other conductors and styles.

First of all it's important to forget the poor Decca recording, with lot of noise and not very well balanced. Anyway, if you can go to what the interpretation is, you will find a jewel of Mahler's music.

Leonard Bernstein is recorded here in his first years playing with the wiener orchestra and the good feeling between both can be felt since the very beginning of the work, from that breathtaking Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde that Bernstein understand like a terrible tale, like a touch of attention to the not prepared listeners. The power, the intensity of the orchestra's playing is really outstanding and James King singing is the ideal complement as he is too full of energy and mahlerian style. He's one of the most convincing singers in this complex first song, together with Wunderlich (EMI, with Klemperer), who sings really wonderful too.

The Bariton songs (No.2, 4 & 6) are sung by the greatest Mahler singer of all time, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, who join his outstanding voice with a very natural and mature understanding of the scores, something he really feel like no other, as you can listen in the final Abschied, where you can think he's singing his own farewell, like Ferrier did, but, in my opinion, with a much more technical singing in this recording. The dynamics, the emotions, the tempi... are so great described by Dieskau that it really seems the work was composed for him.

The orchestra playing is not the typical from the late Wiener Philharmoniker we know, much more classical and "distant", as we can watch and listen in the new DVD releases of Mahler & Bernstein (DG). In this `60s recording the Wiener play in a state of hypnotism, following Bernstein baton and his vision of the work, a vision that will not change too much in the next years, and that brings this music full of emotion, power and lyrics, but a lyric from an expressionist point of view, very human and very devastated by the idea of departing, of the farewell. Anyway, Das Lied von der Erde is not a unique song, one feeling; it's a work of six very different pictures, every one a corner of the human soul and existence. Bernstein understand this multiple feelings very well and we can find how charm is his conducting sometimes, how wild others, how sad, how he aspires eternity at the end... The basses from the Wiener, the metals, the strings, woodwinds... give them best in this recording, not so refined like we can listen in the Giulini recording with Berlin (DG), for example, probably the most perfect from the technical point of view. This very little lost of perfection in some passages is because of the very fiery playing of the orchestra and the very deep emotion of the recording, one of the mahlerian monuments of all times.

As I wrote, the recording is not good, and it's curios that this same recording is released in a Deutsche Grammophon box (together with the rest of Mahler's symphonies and songs conducted by Bernstein) with a much more better and clean sound.

A must have, in my opinion with Klemperer (Philharmonia, EMI) and Giulini (Berlin, DG).
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