Which "Lied von der Erde"?

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RE: Which "Lied von der Erde"?

parisboy42 wrote:

 

Unfortunately, since my understanding of German is somewhat basic, I cannot give my opinion on whether Kmennt sounds very Viennese or not. Is Viennese German especially nasal as I get the impression he sounds on Kubelik/Baker/Kmennt? 

Yes - gnä' Frau

But I like Oehmann best, followed by Haefliger, Wunderlich and Patzak; Oehmann probably had less trouble riding the orchestra in concert in I, Haefliger was the first tenor I heard sing it in concert (with Merriman under Maazel circa 1961) and you couldn't exactly hear every word. I could hardly hear Jerusalem at all under Gielen! No problem on record.

mjwal
RE: Which "Lied von der Erde"?
Das Lied von Der Erde

I cast my vote for Otto Klemperer conducting the New Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus, with the incomparable Fritz Wunderlich and Christa Ludwig ... and not Donald Trump. 

Marty Vidnovic

Unsurpassed.

Welcome Marty.

I guess many (including me) will cast their "votes" for the great recording of "Das Lied von der Erde" with Klemperer and the rather unsurpassed than "incomparable" F. Wunderlich and C. Ludwig.

As for the second part of your sentence, although irrelevant (many of us are not Americans and cannot cast any "vote" to this effect), thanks for informing us...anyway.

Parla

My introduction to Das Lied

My introduction to Das Lied von der Erde was a concert at the  Royal Festival Hall, conducted by Kempe, with the sublime Dame Janet Baker singing the lower part. I haven't heard it in its CD incarnation, but I have heard Baker's other three recorded versions (the studio Haitink and the live Leppard and Kubelik) and can state that the Kubelik is absolutely my favourite ever version of the piece, with Baker transcending even what she achieved in any of her other recordings, the final Abschied  utterly and emotionally shattering. I have never heard another that comes close and would recommend it to all those who love this masterpiece. The live recording is perfectly acceptable and Kubelik was of course an experienced Mahlerian. Kmentt is also pretty good, though no Wunderlich, who probably sings the tenor songs better than anyone.

Fortunately he is also the tenor soloist on another live recording under Krips, with Fischer-Deiskau singing the lower songs. Sound is mono and not as clear as the Kubelik, but it's well worth investigating none the less. It's available on DG.

The Tennstedt is often forgotten, possibly because Baltsa might seem an unlikely choice of soloist. In the event, she sings with concentration and beauty if with less verbal acuity than Baker. Konig is a lot less strained than many, but the main reason for hearing this version is the wonderful realisatilon of the orchestral part by Tennstedt and the LSO.

 

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