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Gustav Mahler

Das Lied von der Erde

Waltraud Meier, mezzo-soprano
Siegfried Jerusalem, tenor
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Barenboim
Warner Maestro 2564-68974-7 60m DDD
Reissue of Erato 2292-45624-2:
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Barenboim's "Das Lied" is a free flowing affair full of wonderful touches and some spellbindingly haunting climaxes. It is also a wonderful send off for Waltraud Meier who sings with unremitting conviction which superbly matches past great exponents in this role such as Christa Ludwig and Anna Tomowa-Sintow.

Jerusalem is also a committed soloist throughout with the nuances and subtle inflexions of the myriad pitfalls superbly handed rather in the manner of Fischer-Dieskau on the legendary Klemperer recording. Warner's Maestro series continues to churn out great recordings at an eminently cheap price.

Copyright © 2009, Gerald Fenech