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Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde - Ludwig, Wunderlich, Klemperer [CD]

Fritz Wunderlich, New Philharmonia Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Conductor: Otto Klremperer
  • Audio CD (5 Oct 1998)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00002439H
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,102 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I. Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde (ten)
2. II. Der Einsame im Herbst (con/bar)
3. III. Von der Jugend (ten)
4. IV. Von der Schönheit (con/bar)
5. V. Der Trunkene im Frühling (ten)
6. VI. Der Abschied (con/bar)

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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly Great Recording of the XX. Century 27 Jun 2003
Format:Audio CD
If a recording truly does honour to EMI's "Great Recordings of the Century" collection it is certainly this one. Although not made without problems --Walter Legge's original Philharmonia Orchestra started to fall appart in mid-recording and so a portion of the work was actually played by what came to be known for over a decade as the "New Philharmonia" orchestra, a fact that was noticeable in the original LP album labels but apparently forgotten in subsequent re-issues-- their effect --if any-- are unpercievable, such is the degree of concentration in spite of the interruptions in the recording process represented by the orchestra's disputes with their founder. Who knows, perhaps because of that the recording came out so perfectly done, as if the musicians were thinking to teach Legge a lesson in that this would embody the perfect legacy of one of the best orchestral ensembles ever assembled in London, of whose permanence in time no one was sure at he time (the orchestra survived, as we now know, and always among the top London orchestras, first as the "New Philharmonia" and from the end of the 70's on again with their original name, but not with that golden qualities of the late 50's and early 60's). The Klemperer way with the work is, as is to be expected, severe, objective and very much to the point, his concern for clarity of articulation (derived from coaxing clarity from the players themselves and not the result of engineering trickery) yielding miracles in our understanding of the inner construction of the piece, a "modernistic" Mahler 180° removed from more expressive conductors (more on this later), his habitual orchestral seating arrangement an additional bonus (violins split left and right of the conductor, horns and related family back left, trumpets and trombones back right). Read more ›
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two great recordings! 26 May 2006
Format:Audio CD
Yes - two! Wunderlich with the Philharmonia in Kingsway Hall, and Ludwig with New Philharmonia in Abbey Road, 29 months later. But you'd never know. Sound quality is excellent, although Wunderlich is somewhat forward. Wonderful singing and evocative, haunting playing. Simply the best...
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Recording of the 20th-Century 16 Oct 2001
Format:Audio CD
This excellent recording of Gustav Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde was released in 1998 by EMI in the Great Recordings of the Century series: its place as one of the great recordings of the 20th Century is well-deserved.
Gustav Mahler (1860 - 1911) called Das Lied von der Erde (1907- 1909) as his most personal composition. It compiles six songs to poems from Hans Bethge's Die Chinesische Flöte (The Chinese Flute). The songs are sung alternately by the mezzo-soprano and the tenor.
This large orchestral song cycle was recorded in the early 1960s by internationally reknowed artists: Christa Ludwig (Mezzo-Soprano), Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor), the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Otto Klemperer. The remastering by EMI is remarkable and therefore the sound quality equals any contemporary recording.
Musically, particularly the interpretation of both singers is outstanding, with a very clear German diction and a sensitive vocal expression. This recording was done when Fritz Wunderlich's international career reached its climax, having built a reputation as singer of Lieder and interpretations of roles in Mozart operas. This recording adds perfectly in the collection for Wunderlich-lovers, whose career was cut short by a tragic fatal accident in 1966.
The balance between orchestra and the soloists is another point of excellence in this recording. Otto Klemperer, who reached the height of his conducting career, leads the orchestra well-balanced and with a transparent sound-layer as an ideal accompanying "instrument". Nevertheless, all the orchestral nuances are brought out support all heights and lows of emotions, expressed by the singers. It should be added that Klemperer had recorded this work twice; this recording was made after his legendary Beethoven cycle (1957 - 1959) with the same orchestra.
This recoding is definitely one of the best recordings available on CD, and reasonably priced.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A solid classic - highly recommendable 8 Jan 2012
Format:Audio CD
There are many fine recordings of Das Lied von der Erde out there, but only several truly special ones. You will often find that a recording will have much going for it, only to be spoiled by a weak link in the chain - perhaps one of the soloists not being on quite the same high level as the other, or indeed an orchestra that plays on automatic pilot instead of getting inside the music. No such reservations here however. Klemperer, with his unrivaled experience as a Mahler conductor, conveys an impression of solidity, utter conviction and guides the listener through the work by revealing many instrumental details that are often missing in other accounts. The Philharmonia play with a rich, warm sound - those famous strings sounding positively Germanic - and the woodwind playing with an impressive palate of colours.

The orchestra launches into the opening song with enormous vitality and weight (the listener is in no doubt that this is a drinking song!). Both Fritz Wunderlich and the Philharmonia convey the delirious state in such an impressive manner - the conception here is extremely solid and technically flawless. Wunderlich is magisterial in this demanding part, especially when it comes to the frenzied climax describing the howling ape!

When we come to Der Einsame im Herbst, the mood and atmosphere has altered completely - here we enter a sombre, autumnal world of half-light and loneliness. Ludwig is masterful at communicating this sense of longing and weariness, her rich voice comes across with an intelligent sense of phrasing and great attention to the word setting. Klemperer paces this song very well indeed (perhaps a touch slower than you normally hear) but there is a constant pulse which runs through it and never flags.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A most beautiful CD
A absolutely beautiful CD, both voices are a joy to listen to.I am usually not a fan of Lieder, but this is just something so wonderful and I listen to them over and over again. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Ute-Karin Ridger
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous Mahler
It was with some trepidation that I approached this CD after an absence of 30 years when I had it on vinyl last.As it turns out I need not have worried. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jim204
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This is a very good recording. The artists are as one would expect are first class. If Mahler is a favourite composer, this should be in your record library
Published on 1 July 2012 by Gorgeous Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars When everything is just right
This is an amazing recording. It's one of the few times that you feel that everything is totally right. Read more
Published on 3 Jun 2011 by Per Arne Rudberg
5.0 out of 5 stars THE recording
I have had this recording on LP for more years than I can care to remember. In this format it comes up fresh as paint despite its age. Read more
Published on 27 Nov 2010 by bristow
5.0 out of 5 stars Doubt If You Hear Anything Better Than This!
Although I have been a great admirer of Mahler's music since I first heard Bernstein's CBS Recordings of his symphonies during the 1960s, I was never a fan of this work even though... Read more
Published on 13 Nov 2010 by E. A. Redfearn
4.0 out of 5 stars Great recording indeed, but...
In my search for great recordings of Das Lied, I've long avoided this one because I knew critics and listeners alike praise it to the skys. Read more
Published on 8 Dec 2008 by Scriabinmahler
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