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Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde / Deyoung, Villars, Oue, Et Al

Release Date: 08/17/1999 
Label:  Reference Recordings   Catalog #: 88   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Jon VillarsMichelle DeYoung
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Eiji Oue has made some great recordings for Reference (most notably his Strauss disc, containing "Ein Heldenleben" and the "Frau Ohne Schatten" symphonic fantasy), but this one is simply extraordinary. In its expressive intensity this performance clearly belongs with the best ever recorded; just listen to the way he and Michelle DeYoung sustain phrases like "blauen licht die fernen" in the final song, "The Farewell". This is greatness, folks, and Oue is very lucky to have an orchestra superbly responsive to his direction, a young tenor willing to risk his vocal career on the "Drinking Song of Earth's Misery," and in DeYoung a true "Mahler" alto sensitive to every line of the text. Villars is excitingly
Read more direct, sounding sort of like a young Ernst Haefliger, but what DeYoung does with phrasing and breath control verges on the sublime. Has the difficult middle section of the fourth song, "Of Beauty," ever been so clearly and effortlessly articulated? The only comparison that comes to mind is the young Christa Ludwig (for Klemperer on EMI). Add to all of this sonics of drop-dead demonstration quality, and the result is without question a recording for the ages. Stunning.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Das Lied von der Erde by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Jon Villars (Tenor), Michelle DeYoung (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908-1909; Vienna, Austria 

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