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Mahler - Das Lied von der Erde

Composer Gustav Mahler
Performer Ning Liang
Warren Mok
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Lan Shui, conductor
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-1547 SACD
EAN 7318599915470
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Oct 2007
Total time 71'14

The poems that in 1908 inspired Mahler to Das Lied von der Erde had been printed a year earlier in Hans Bethge's Die chinesische Flöte ('The Chinese Flute'). But they had already before that travelled huge distances in both time and space. Hans Bethge's poems were in fact paraphrases of Hans Hellmann's 1905 collection Chinesische Lyrik, which itself was based on French translations of 8th century Tang dynasty poems. The Hongkong-based enthusiast Daniel Ng has now, through untiring research, established the most likely sources of Bethge's poems, and prepared a Chinese Song of the Earth, replacing the German texts with the original Chinese poems. The result, soon to be published, has been recorded with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lan Shui, and the Chinese-born international stars Ning Liang and Warren Mok singing the texts by Li Bai, Wang Wei and other Tang master poets. During their long-standing collaboration, the SSO and Lan Shui have been tireless in promoting Chinese and Asian composers, an undertaking that on disc has born fruit in recordings of works by Zhou Long, Chen Yi and Bright Sheng. The team's imaginative approach to programming has also resulted in discs such as the recent Seascapes, with sea-depictions by among others Frank Bridge and Debussy. This release was greeted warmly by the reviewers, and the SSO/Shui interpretation of La mer was described as 'an unequivocally world-class performance' in the BBC Music Magazine. Now, with the present disc, another masterpiece from the early 20th century gets the Singapore treatment!
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  Gustav Mahler
  Das Lied von der Erde 69'28
01 I. Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde 8'48
02 II. Der Einsame im Herbst 9'58
03 III. Von der Jugend 3'05
04 IV. Von der Schönheit 7'21
05 V. Der Trunkene im Frühling 4'48
06 VI. Der Abschied (until bar 459) 28'46
07 VI. Der Abschied (from bar 459, with ending in Chinese) 3'21
08 VI. Der Abschied (from bar 459, with ending in German) 3'21
  Album total 71'14
ComposerMahler, Gustav
TenorMok, Warren
OrchestraSingapore Symphony Orchestra
ConductorLan Shui
Mezzo-sopranoLiang, Ning

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