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5.0 out of 5 stars A glorious achievement, 11 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (Audio CD)
Das Lied von der Erde has benefited from an outstanding series of recordings ever since Bruno Walter's of the late 1950s, but none are more outstanding than this. In all respects, this is a magnificent achievement.

The range of expression created by all inspire the fire, drunkenness and bravura of life itself, the twilight and shadows of night as well as our dreams and sorrows, all imbued with those untouchable mists that are completely at one with the oriental mystery.

Few tenors have matched the youthful ardour achieved by Toby Spence. This is singing of fulsome passion that generates spine tingling excitement. Somehow this voice captures the youth and beauty we associate with the much-missed Fritz Wunderlich, combining it with a new energy and bravura that engages us right from the start.

Then there is Sarah Connolly, whose exquisiteness of voice and innate musicianship transcends all we have previously known. Every word, each and every phrase, each line is etched within the context of the whole. This is a performance not only entirely at one with Mahler's intense vision, but it allows us to enter the realm of each song with a magic that seems so spontaneous yet is so totally informed by a seeming wisdom of age.

The colours achieved by the London Philharmonic Orchestra are exceptional, each colour combined with faultless balance and nuance to achieve a bejeweled quality. This is both a grand orchestra capable of creating a terrifying roar yet a chamber group in which each player responds to his or her counterpart with innate understanding. Yannick Nezet-Seguin establishes himself as a conductor of rare insight. He leads, he accompanies and he clearly inspires and responds to his soloists and orchestra with a flare that is going to set new standards in the minds of those who hear this recording.

This is a 'live' recording, but one hears barely a shuffle or cough. It possesses a transparent luminosity that allows us to hear so much of this glorious work. The energy is palpable; the sheer beauty of it leaves its mark profoundly. By the end, we have truly journeyed far and have questioned our current understanding of the rich tapestry of life. We are left enriched, inspired yet also emotionally wrung out.

A remarkable and wonderful achievement.
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Initial post: 20 Nov 2013 01:52:24 GMT
Thanks, Mr Bond.
And congratulations: As of 19 November 2013 there are 7 reviews of this CD and yours is the only one that says anything at all.
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