London (and BBC tv) witnessed Christian Gerhaher's rejuvenating interpretation of Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen at the Proms, a few years back. For those of us wondering when a recording with orchestra would materialize, the wait is over. Sony's CD has the other major cycles in full, Kindertotenlieder and Rückert lieder, essays on all three and English translations of the lyrics. (Full details of the Montreal orchestra are also provided.)
Many baritones have fallen into the trap, perhaps gladly, of sounding like Fischer-Dieskau, the great interpreter of German song. In my experience, however limited, Gerhaher is the first to accept-internalize-transmute this and make his own distinctive contribution to the lieder catalogue. If I have one criticism it is that maybe the reading of the Kindertotenlieder is just a tad too mellifluous for first-person poems of bereavement. No doubts about the rest.
If you want a digital stereo Mahler lieder cycle and a souvenir of Gerhaher's singing, you won't be disappointed.