NOMINATED FOR A GRAMMY AWARD FOR BEST SMALL ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE!
Inspired by traumatic events in his life, Mahler compiled text that expresses themes once deeply personal and universal. The Smithsonian Chamber Players and Santa Fe Pro Musica perform this chamber arrangement by Arnold Shoenberg with the highest clarity and precision, under the direction of Kenneth Slowik. Tenor John Elwes and Baritone Russell Braun deliver stunning performances that truly bring Mahler’s poetry settings to life.
Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
1. Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde (9:05)
(The Drinking Song of Earth’s Sorrow)
2. Der Einsame im Herbst (11:05)
(The Lonely One in Autumn)
3. Von der Jugend (3:45)
4. Von der Schonheit (7:16)
5. Der Trunkene im Fruhling (4:36)
(The Drunkard in Spring)
6. Der Abschied (32:14)
Reviews"What makes this release the best of all of the various chamber versions of this work is the singing. Of course the parts are easier to manage when set against smaller forces, but tenor John Elwes is terrific in all three of his songs, especially the difficult opening "Drinking Song of Earth's Misery". Similarly, baritone Russell Braun makes the best possible case for this alternative version of the work. His "Lonely Man in Autumn" is truly memorable . . . What we have here is an extremely well sung performance of Das Lied von der Erde, lovingly played and superbly recorded."