Hyperion Records

Das Lied von der Erde
author of text

'Brahms: Alto Rhapsody; Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde' (APR5579)
Brahms: Alto Rhapsody; Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde
APR5579  Download only  
Section 1: Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde  Schon winkt der Wein im gold'nen Pokale
Section 2: Der Einsame im Herbst  Herbstnebel wallen blńulich Řberm See
Section 3: Von der Jugend  Mitten in dem kleinen Teiche
Section 4: Von der Sch÷nheit  Junge Mńdchen pflŘcken Blumen
Section 5: Der Trunkene im FrŘhling  Wenn nur ein Traum das Leben ist
Section 6a: Der Abschied: Schwer  Die Sonne scheidet hinter dem Gebirge
Section 6b: Der Abschied: Fliessend. Fig 23  Ich sehne mich, o Freund, an deiner Seite
Section 6c: Der Abschied: Fig 48  Er stieg vom Pferd und reichte ihm den Trunk

Das Lied von der Erde
Mahler himself never heard Das Lied von der Erde. He completed it in 1909, having begun it two years earlier when a friend gave him Hans Bethge’s The Chinese Flute, a collection of German translations and adaptations of Chinese poetry. He had recently learned that he had a heart defect and in the poems he found an expression of his own philosophy – that the beauties of Nature renew themselves year after year and although mankind enjoys them for only a brief span, the earth blossoms again. What may have been envisaged as a song-cycle became a song-symphony in six movements. He orchestrated it in 1908–09 and told Bruno Walter it was the most personal work he had composed. One can trace a symphonic structure, with the short third, fourth and fifth movements forming a kind of scherzo. A large orchestra is used, but is often treated like a chamber group.

from notes by Michael Kennedy ę 2003

Track-specific metadata
Click track numbers opposite to select

Details for APR5579 track 5
Section 2: Der Einsame im Herbst
Recording date
2 April 1952
Recording venue
Milton Hall, Deansgate, Manchester, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Recording engineer
Hyperion usage
  1. Brahms: Alto Rhapsody; Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (APR5579)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: June 2003
    Download only
   English   Français   Deutsch