© 2013 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
℗ 2013 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
Recorded live at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London, on 19 February 2011
Producer: Andrew Walton, K&A Productions
Engineer: Mike Clements, K&A Productions
Total playing time: 64:05
Released October 2013
CD: Mahler – Das Lied von der Erde
LPO conducted by Yannick Nézet-SéguinGustav Mahler (1860–1911)
Das Lied von der Erde
Yannick Nézet-Séguin conductor
Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano
Toby Spence tenor
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Pieter Schoeman leader
In Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth), Mahler married together for the first time the lyricism of the song-cycle and the formal ambition of the symphony. With texts based on Chinese poems reflecting on themes of life and death, it contains some of the composer's most bittersweet music – joyful exuberance one moment, anguished heartbreak the next. Ever aware of his own mortality, Mahler was drawn to the poems' highly concentrated reflections on natural beauty, the transience of human existence and the inevitable acceptance of death, describing Das Lied von der Erde as 'probably the most personal composition I have created thus far'.
Gramophone Editor's Choice December 2013 and one of the Classical Recordings of the Year 2013:
'The music-making is remarkable ... What can there be left to say about Sarah Connolly, whose performances these days are pretty much beyond praise?'
David Gutman, Gramophone, December 2013
'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
'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
CD of the Week, BBC Radio 3's 'CD Review', 16 November 2013
'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; Classical Recordings of the Year 2013)
David Gutman, Gramophone, December 2013
'The orchestral playing is perfect, the crucial oboe, clarinet and flute solos the best I've heard.'
David Nice, BBC Music Magazine, January 2014
'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
'What an exceptional recording this is! Everything seems to have come together perfectly in this live performance ... The orchestra is in fine shape, the conductor brings out every single point in the score without neglecting its overall sweep and cumulative effect, the vocalists are first-rate, and the recorded sound supports the artistic aims admirably. There is also a sense of real spontaneity that is the last thing one expects in a perfect recording.'
Phil Muse, Audio Video Club of Atlanta, 11 January 2014
'Nézet-Séguin's conducting is wonderfully detailed and sparkling, the tempos exactly right and with a certain insouciance in the wind playing that I found delightful.'
Lynn René Bayley, Fanfare, 10 February 2014
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