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Gustav Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

  • Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal
  • Conducted by Kent Nagano
  • Klaus Florian Vogt, tenor
  • Christian Gerhaher, baritone

The OSM, under the direction of Kent Nagano, has given us an exquisite interpretation of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde . Klaus Florian Vogt's fresh, sometimes androgynous tenor is generous but gloriously unforced, and Christian Gerhaher's mellow (and unusual) baritone has extraordinary intimacy. Gerhaher gives the impression that he's singing lieder, and the accompaniment swirls around him with incredible delicacy: Der Abschied takes one's breath away. It's always said that Mahler was writing chamber music for the orchestra, but few orchestras actually make it sound like that. Here we have it, though: silken wind solos, melting transitions, pliant phrases, warmth and clarity. What a gorgeous recording.

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