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5.0 out of 5 stars Baker and Kubelik provide spiritual intensity, 8 Oct. 2009
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Ralph Moore "Ralph operaphile" (Bishop's Stortford, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (Audio CD)
Many consider this the finest example of Janet Baker's art ever committed to disc and I'm not sure that I would argue with that verdict: everything she does is miraculously judged and controlled, her mezza voce is meltingly beautiful, the voice opens up thrillingly when required and she inflects the text with her usual sensitivity. By all accounts and in combination with my own listening experience, this is certainly the finest of her several recordiings of this work, even without the benefit of re-takes, this being a wondrous live performance of extraordinary intensity. Combine her artistry with the subtlety of that great Mahlerian Rafael Kubelik and you are bound to have a winner, particularly as the playing of the Bayerischen Rundfunks is miraculous: they sing out as one great voice with beautiful tuning, responding with unfailing subtlety to Kubelik's gradations and nuances. I have rarely heard a more rapt conclusion to that magical final movement - and the audience is virtually silent throughout.

While I might have hoped for and even expected this level of achievement from two such distinguished artists, the pleasant surprise for me is the performance of Waldemar Kmentt. I knew him to be an accomplished tenor but had not realised how suited was his voice to this music. Any strain is within the tolerance you would permit for such demanding songs and he makes the most of the resonance of his light, bright sound - whereas, as much as I love the Klemperer recording, we all know that Fritz Wunderlich had a little help from the recording engineers to ensure that his voice prevailed over the denser moments of Mahler's orchestration. Kmentt is clearly able to do this live and in one take.

So this goes to the top of my favourite accounts, alongside Klemperer and Walter (although I care less for the latter's tenor, Julius Patzak). Fans of both Baker and Kubelik must not hesitate; this is a wonderful recording, in excellent sound given its age and provenance.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning Mahler interpretation, 2 Mar. 2011
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This review is from: Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (Audio CD)
This performance exceeded all my expectations. Don't let the fact that it is a live recording put you off. Audience sounds are practically non-existent, and 99% of the time it sounds like a studio recording. Janet Baker's voice is in its absolute prime, and the tenor singer gives the best rendition of this difficult music I have ever heard. But the surprise for me was the orchestra, which worked like a single organism to play the role of third soloist in Mahler's heart-breaking music.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awe-inspiring performance!, 26 Nov. 2008
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Scriabinmahler (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (Audio CD)
This is definitely one of the greatest live performances of Das Lied, alongside Ormandy, Tennstedt, Klemperer, Szell, Karajan, Horenstein, Giulini's accounts. Kubelik has an art of breathing life into music and communicating it in the most intimate and profound way like all great conductors do. On top of that this performance is graced by intensely moving singing by the great mezzo-soprano Janet Baker. It's got to be a must-buy for any serious collecters!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kubelik's Mahler At Its Most Songful, 23 April 2010
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Philoctetes (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (Audio CD)
The most valuable of Audite's live Kubelik Mahler edition. I know of no studio Das Lied from this team, but so quiet is the audience and so vivid the sound this rendition might as well be a studio recording.

Kubelik, as might be expected, focuses on the lyrical, the songful aspect of this symphony of songs, very much a paean to nature and the green earth. His soloists could hardly be better chosen. Kmentt is very gallant in the tenor part and this is almost certainly Janet Baker's best version of Das Lied, better than with Haitink anyway. The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra provide idiomatic support.

I wouldn't put it ahead of Wunderlich/Ludwig/Philharmonia/Klemperer, which I listened to again recently with renewed delight. Only a couple of minutes slower than Kubelik, but Klemperer's performance is rather more weighty and has the more refined orchestral response. Klemperer's soloists are more dramatic and more vocally blessed. Then again, Baker's plangent, veiled delivery and Kmentt's less overtly happy tenor may be better suited to songs where, for all the visual beauty, the shadow of death lies upon the land.

You certainly won't regret choosing Kubelik.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Das lied that surpasses all others., 19 Aug. 2013
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chris hall (Abergavenny, Wales) - See all my reviews
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I have countless recordings of this supreme masterpiece, Walter (three versions), Klemperer, Solti, Barenboim, Guilini, Kletzki to name just some of them, but none surpasses this miraculous live performance, very well recorded and restored. The most wondrous element is, of course, Janet Baker, whose rendering of Der Abschied is heart-breaking and takes us into a realm of emotional and spiritual profundity that is beyond even Ferrier or Ludwig. This is her definitive reading, the studio-bound and prosaic Haitink version being completely eclipsed by the power and passion of Kubelik's masterly conducting, and Kmentt proving vastly superior in the tenor songs to the lightweight James King. The playing of the Bavarian Radio Orchestra is consummate and faultless, and this interpretation must rank as one of the greatest Mahler documents of all time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another fine Kubelik performance, 11 Feb. 2013
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John HOLLAS (UK) - See all my reviews
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Great to hear Janet Baker (and Waldemar Kmentt) in this wonderful performance of this unforgettable music I had forgotten this recording of Das Lied, as I had so many Kubelik recordings. But it could not be a better performance or recording (by Audite).
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