Notes and Editorial Reviews
In the early days of the recording industry, records of Mahler's lieder were true rarities. Among the few singers who devoted themselves to these songs were artists such as Madame Charles Cahier, who was the first to sing the alto solo in Das Lied von der Erde, Karin Branzell, Grete Stuckgold and Heinrich Schlusnus. Heinrich Rehkemper, with his magnificent first recording of the Kindertotenlieder (1928), should also be singled out for praise. It was not until the middle of the 20th century that the boom in records of Mahler songs began, set in motion by artists such as Kathleen Ferrier and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. The recordings that have been brought together in this CD production are from this period. Informative notes about all the artists, in English, in the program booklet.