LPO Principal Guest Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin
has a great affinity with the German Romantic repertoire. His previous LPO Label disc, Brahms's Ein deutsches Requiem
, received great critical acclaim and is one of the most popular discs on the label.
In Das Lied von der Erde
(The Song of the Earth), Mahler married together for the first time the lyricism of the song-cycle and the formal ambition of the symphony, describing it as probably the most personal composition I have created thus far'.
This live 2011 concert recording from Royal Festival Hall features two of Britain's finest soloists: tenor Toby Spence
and mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly
, who is particularly renowned for her Mahler interpretations.
Reviews of the concert:
Great singing, so in tune with the watercolour images and their deeper truths. So many shades, such fine detailing. Few have witnessed the renewal of spring with such heightened awareness. Glorious.' Edward Seckerson, The Independent
Toby Spence displayed ardour and heroism ... with Connolly a dignified and rapturous naturist, seeker and renewer; she's a great artist.' Colin Anderson, Classical Source
The music-making is remarkable ... The players, on top form, are participants rather than accompanists. GRAMOPHONE CHOICE --Gramophone, Dec'13
Nézet-Séguin's conducting is wonderfully detailed and sparkling, the tempos exactly right and with a certain insouciance in the wind playing that I found delightful. --Fanfare