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From Zen-like reconciliation to powerful visions of Nature, Gustav Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth) explores the vast complexities of life and death. Inspired by traumatic events in his life, Mahler's composition expresses themes that are both deeply personal and universal. The chamber version heard here was prepared by Arnold Schoenberg in 1920, nine years after Mahler's death, and completed much later by German composer Rainer Riehn. Although the idea of reducing any of Mahler's mighty scores for smaller forces may seem strange, it was logical in the era before today's plentiful recorded and broadcast media.
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Works DetailsMahler, Gustav : Das Lied von der Erde
- Performers: Russell Braun (Baritone); John Elwes (Tenor)
- Conductor: Craig Dory
- Ensemble: Smithsonian Chamber Players
- Running Time: 67 min. 22 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Vocal
- Written: 1908-1909