What is your favorite recording of Das Lied von der Erde (Song of the Earth)?
Feb 11, 2008 at 4:10 AM Post #2 of 9
Like any Mahler, it is hard to recommend a best version, because there are so many interpretive standpoints you can take. So for instance I grew up on the old Haitink/Baker/King version, which is meant to be one of the peerless releases from the past, but I think it is matched by Tennstedt or more recently Boulez. My preference for less histrionic Mahler shows through in these choices I guess.
Feb 11, 2008 at 5:09 AM Post #3 of 9
Fritz Reiner-Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Maureen Forrester, and William Lewis on RCA (SACD). Absolutely love it!!!
Feb 11, 2008 at 5:26 AM Post #4 of 9
there are so many and so many i have not even heard, but here are some of my favorites.


Performer: Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo soprano)
Conductor: Otto Klemperer


Performer: James King (Tenor), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein


Performer: Kathleen Ferrier (Alto), Julius Patzak (Tenor)
Conductor: Bruno Walter


Performer: Alfreda Hodgson (Alto), John Mitchinson (Tenor)
Conductor: Jascha Horenstein


Performer: Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), James King (Tenor)
Conductor: Bernard Haitink
Feb 11, 2008 at 12:57 PM Post #5 of 9
We went through a DLVDE phase in main Mahler thread several months ago and I definitely prefer the Klemperer/EMI among all the best known competition. The tenor part by Wunderlich really stands out as best I have heard and Ludwig's mezzo is among the very best, Klemperer has orchestral parts in perfect harmony with Mahler's vision for me.

I think MB was eventually converted to the Klemperer version as well......
Feb 12, 2008 at 8:16 PM Post #6 of 9

Originally Posted by DavidMahler /img/forum/go_quote.gif
What is your favorite recording of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth)?

Are you on the record for choosing the Haitink/Baker DLVDE?
Feb 12, 2008 at 10:59 PM Post #7 of 9
Vocally I feel no one competes with Baker, but I'm more fond of Wunderlich than James King, and I'm very impressed with Klemperer's reading of the score. I don't really know. I guess ultimately I have to go with Baker and Haitink, but Klemperer's is a close second, and actually Oue with DeYoung is a very close third.
Feb 14, 2008 at 1:15 AM Post #9 of 9
Haintink. I heard him do it live back in the late 80's or early 90's and it was so packed with emotion! I'll never forget it. Haintink is not known for his emotionally charged Mahler, but he really understands the full depth of this piece.

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