Monday, October 8, 2018

Israel Philharmonic: Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (1972)

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, with Leonard Bernstein on the podium, perform Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde [“The Song of the Earth”]; with singing by Christa Ludwig (alto) and René Kollo (tenor). This was recorded at the Frederic R. Mann Auditorium, Tel Aviv, Israel, on May 18, 20 & 23, 1972; and subsequently released as an LP in 1974. Mahler [1860–1911] completed the work in 1909, following a period in his life where tragic losses overtook him, including the loss of his eldest daughter, Maria (age 4), from diphtheria and scarlet fever, the loss of position & status in Vienna, and the loss of his health. The work premiered in Munich on November 20, 1911, with Bruno Walter conducting; this was six months after Mahler’s death due to heart problems, at the age of 50, in May of that same year. The text for the work can be found [here].  Leonard Bernstein is credited with bringing Mahler to wider public acceptance, primarily in America but also outside its borders. It might also be true that nations on both sides of the Atlantic were then ready to take in and consider Mahler’s “tragic truths” of the human condition—of the human soul, to speak of matters spiritual—one predicated on the “belief” that art requires constant and courageous effort while residing in a “foreign land,” where truth is hidden, requiring strenuous intellectual effort to find it, and that rest (and reward) only comes after all this is achieved or done, only after the effort is made. For more, go [here] and [here] and [here] and [here].
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