Gustav Mahler’s masterpiece – Das Lied von der Erde (Song of the Earth) – has always been subtitled as a Symphony for Tenor and Alto (or Baritone) and traditionally two voices have sung the six movements of the work. However Jonas Kaufmann felt differently about this and decided to sing both parts himself. This is the first time that one voice has sung both parts for a recording of this piece.
Last June, in the tradition-steeped Great Hall of the Vienna Musikverein, where a number of outstanding Mahler performances have taken place, Kaufmann joined the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Jonathan Nott for this historic recording.
According to the Kurier newspaper after the performance, “this experiment wentRead more far beyond the risky test phase and, in the end, became a complete work of art in itself. What would normally be considered pretentious is absolutely logical in the case of Kaufmann, who is able to showcase the splendor of his baritone as well as the radiant upper reaches of his range.” Read less
Works on This Recording
Das Lied von der Erdeby Gustav Mahler Performer:
Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: 1908-1909; Vienna, Austria
Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
Don't miss thisJanuary 21, 2018By Alan H. (New York, NY)See All My Reviews"This is really special. The songs always sung by tenor have never been sung with such ease. While one might prefer a mezzo, and I'm not giving away my Flagstad, Ferrier, Baker (favorite), or DeYoung, Kaufmann is achingly beautiful. And the orchestra has also never been better. I have never heard such perfectly matched woodwind solos. Essential."Report Abuse
FabulousMay 9, 2017By robert b. (indianapolis, IN)See All My Reviews"I heard the live performance of Das Lied with the Chicago Symphony with Fritz Reiner, Maureen Forrester and Richard Lewis, and of course own the recording, which has been my favorite for all these years. Jonas Kaufmann has given us a great gift with this new recording. His interpretive artistry and intensity, as well as his unique tenor/baritone capability, are a gift to us all. And the Vienna Phil sounds like, well, the Vienna Phil! What a combination!"Report Abuse