- Das klagende Lied, cantata for soloists, chorus & orchestra
Mahler: Das klagende Liedby Michael Tilson Thomas
A work of Gustav Mahler's youth, "Das klagende Lied" has much in common stylistically with "Des knaben Wunderhorn" and the early symphonies, yet it has never enjoyed a similar popularity, due in part to its awkward construction, huge instrumental and vocal demands, and atypical operatic character; perhaps most of all, its unfamiliarity owes to its late entry into the repertoire and its sporadic recording history. Comparatively few recordings have been made of this fairy tale cantata, and most have appeared since the 1970s, when the Mahler revival brought virtually all of his works to light. Important recordings by Pierre Boulez, Bernard Haitink, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Simon Rattle, and Riccardo Chailly have since given this flawed but fascinating work some of the belated recognition it deserves. To this list, Michael Tilson Thomas contributed his brilliant interpretation of the original three-movement version in 1996, and this live recording with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra & Chorus first appeared on RCA. Now freshly remastered and reissued on the orchestra's own label, it appears as a hybrid SACD, with extraordinary details, striking tone colors, and great spaciousness in the multi-channel recording. There is some variability in the vocal solos, with unequal miking and some apparent straining, but on the whole, soprano Marina Shaguch, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, tenor Thomas Moser, and baritone Sergei Leiferkus present their parts with good tone and passionate expression; the chorus and orchestra provide rich tableaux that will remind many listeners of the "Symphony No. 2, Resurrection" or the "Symphony No. 8," ambitious works that "Das klagende Lied" anticipates, albeit as a faltering early effort.
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- Sfs Media
Performance CreditsMichael Tilson Thomas Primary Artist
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