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One of the finest.....,
This review is from: Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Kindertotenlieder, 5 Rückert-Lieder (Audio CD)
albums ever recorded. If I had to take five albums to a desert island, this would be one of them. I am a singer, and have sung these cycles many times. This only increases my respect for all concerned in this cd. Mr Bernstein takes a very personal approach to the music. Not afraid to really make big statements, or pair the dynamics down. He is just big and full hearted. As is Mr Hampson. No prissy Lieder singer here, he really inhabits the full anguish of these songs. When he sings phrases like "in kunfte Nachten..." (last page of song 2- "in coming nights the memory of your eyes will be only as stars!"), he breaks away from the bizaare tradition of singing Mahler in a contained, emotionally detached BRITISH style that I detest. But never vulger or showy. The feeling of resignation and exhaustion is never broken. The music just has balls!!!
For me this is how Mahler should be. Not tied to a strict metronome structure, nor an excercise in how perfect and introvert we can be. I own dozens of copies of other recordings, many of which I love. But this is very very special!