Szell's 1968 Des Knaben Wunderhorn, with Schwarzkopf and Fischer-Dieskau (recorded, like the Resurrection Symphony, in Kingsway Hall) is indispensable. Remembering Szell's justly famous Cleveland recording of the Fourth Symphony (CBS/Sony), it is not surprising that he is equally magnetic here. Try Fischer-Dieskau's very opening number (Revelge), the warmly lilting strings which introduce Schwarzkopf's delightful Rheinlegendchen or the haunting drum beats of Der Tamboursg'sell. Of course, the singing is incomparable, too. Des Knaben Wunderhorn was the first Mahler I ever heard (I think it was an old Vox recording) and, for me, it remains among his greatest music. This disc is fully worthy of it.
Des Knaben Wunderhornby Gustav Mahler Performer:
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano),
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: 1892-1898; Hamburg, Germany Date of Recording: 03/1968 Venue: Kingsway Hall, London, England Length: 50 Minutes 14 Secs. Language: German
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Mahler: DAS KNABEN WUNDERHORNAugust 25, 2012By Zita Carno (Tampa, FL)See All My Reviews"I am very surprised that the CD is no longer available. I acquired this recording when it was on CD, and I have been enjoying it for some years. It was interesting to have the two vocal soloists divide the songs between them, and the whole performance was magnificent. My particular favorites were the march movements and the one that ends up with a distinct "heehaw"---Mahler was not without a sense of humor. A marvelous recording of this cycle by one of my all-time favorite conductors and two superb soloists!"Report Abuse