CD reviews – Mahler Das Lied von der Erde / Nézet-Séguin
'Yannick Nézet-Séguin perfectly captures the yearning for lost youth and resigned acceptance of mortality that pervades Mahler's masterpiece.'
Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times, 29 September 2013
Our October 2013 LPO Label CD release was Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin with soloists Sarah Connolly and Toby Spence. Here's what the press had to say ...
'When the paths of Maestro Nézet-Séguin, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly, and tenor Toby Spence intersected with the wondrous music of Das Lied von der Erde in February 2011, though, the result was a performance of great beauty and integrity.'
Joseph Newsome, Voix des Arts, 12 October 2013
'Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the score very well and the LPO respond to him with fine and sensitive playing.'
John Quinn, MusicWeb International, 17 October 2013
'Glorious playing from the LPO ... a very special disc indeed.' (5 stars)
Editor's Choice, Classical Music Magazine, November 2013 (not online)
'The orchestral playing is exceptionally good – every aching swell in tutti strings caught to perfection, and there's some exquisite solo woodwind playing ... I've long had a love/hate relationship with Das Lied; this team have made me swoon over the work again.'
Graham Rickson, The Arts Desk, 30 November 2013
'The music-making is remarkable ... The players, on top form, are participants rather than accompanists.' (Gramophone Choice)
David Gutman, Gramophone, December 2013
'The orchestra plays with great precision and expression throughout ... this is an impressive new version of Mahler's great symphonic song cycle with distinguished work from everyone.'
Phillip Scott, Limelight, 6 February 2014