Originally Posted by lwd
Just as a sidepoint - if you're interested in hearing some late romantic repertoire played well on 'original' instruments have a listen to Herreweghe's Bruckner recordings. I still prefer it the old (new!) fashioned way but it's quite nice to listen to for a change. I believe he's recorded Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde but I haven't had a chance to hear that yet.
Herreweghe's Das Lied
is in the Schoenberg-Riehn version, i.e., the chamber orchestra transcription. In addition to being an interesting musical experiment, a successful one at that, it's a pretty solid version of Das Lied
. Probably not a first choice (Bernstein '66, or Giulini '87, in my book), but definitely one that fans of Das Lied
need to hear. It reminds me, though for purely theoretical reasons, of Liszt's Wagner transcriptions for piano. It gets down to a very lean, very tight texture and lets you see what Mahler was doing. Now, I think it would be effective in some of the symphonies, maybe more than in Das Lied
, as that score is pretty lean to begin with, despite its forces.
Herreweghe's Bruckner, too, is quite nice. It's different, but done in such a way that it makes its case well.