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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Budapest Festival Orchestra


SKU: 40020

Year of release: 2020

1. Mahler Das Lied von der Erde: Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde Mahler 07:53
2. Mahler Das Lied von der Erde: Der Einsame im Herbst Mahler 09:12
3. Mahler Das Lied von der Erde: Von der Jugen Mahler 03:10
4. Mahler Das Lied von der Erde: Von der Schönheit Mahler 07:09
5. Mahler Das Lied von der Erde: Der Trunkene im Frühling Mahler 04:24
6. Mahler Das Lied von der Erde: Der Abschied Mahler 29:35
Total time: 61:25

About this album

After Mahler Symphonies Nos. 1-7 and 9, conductor Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra  now release Mahler’s ‘Das Lied von der Erde’.

“The long, endlessly stretched crescendo on the single note “e” (filled with so much desire) leads to the final part of Abschied, which I can only describe with the word ‘cosmic’. The voice is surrounded by floating meteors, objects, particles or stars, which move in various directions and speeds. We have left the atmosphere and look back on the beautiful green and blue planet. ‘Die liebe Erde’, the lovable Earth that will stay and flourish in the spring (while we have less than 100 years to enjoy it), is the subject of Mahler’s adoration, the friend, to whom it is so painful to say farewell. This adoration of nature brings Mahler closer to Tao and Spinoza than to various religions he flirted with earlier. While saying farewell to the world, he found his true love and his true friend – planet Earth.”

– Iván Fischer 

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Klassieke Zaken

(...) Fischer transformeert Das Lied von der Erde tot een aangrijpende kosmische ervaring (...)

The Guardian

Iván Fischer’s Mahler cycle draws to a blazing close. Here’s a must-have for Mahler fans. (...) The BFO’s playing makes this a standout performance. It’s fresh and irrepressible, woodwind reedy and nasal, horns bright and heroic, strings brilliant, with the final “Der Abschied” a half-hour’s music of draining intensity.

MusicWeb International

I’ve had reservations about Iván Fischer’s Mahler in the past, but they have been resolved with repeated hearing. That was the case with his recording of the Fourth. There’s no need for me to take time to warm to his direction this time – I’m convinced by the interpretation, by Romberger’s and the orchestra’s contributions, and by the recording quality. If the DSD versions and the SACD are even better than the 24/96 stereo, they must be outstanding.


(...) As has always been the case with this conductor’s Mahler performances we have here an account that is distinctive, yet free of any interpretive mannerisms, and marked by meticulous attention to the score. (...) It comes as no surprise then to assert with confidence that both performance and interpretation find the conductor and orchestra at the top of their respective forms. (…) Even when judged by the state-of-the-art audio quality achieved on the earlier issues the sound here is exemplary; natural, detailed and clear, but never clinical.

Het Parool

(...) Fischer behoort tot de interessantste dirigenten van deze tijd. (...) Het orkest speelt grandioos, zoals altijd, en met een unieke lenigheid, die door Fischer wordt benut met precisiewerk op de vierkante millimeter. (...) Door ragfijn spel van houtblazers weet Fischer enorme spanningen op te roepen. (...)

Technical Specifications

SpeakersGrimm LS1
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
EditingJared Sacks - Pyramix Workstation / Merging Technologies
CablesVan den Hul
Mixing ConsoleRens Heijnis, custom design
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer 4006 , Schoeps
Recording FormatDSD 256
Analog To Digital ConverterHorus / Merging Technologies
Recording DateMarch 2017
Recording LocationPalace of Arts, Budapest
Recording EngineerJared Sacks. - Assistant Recording Engineers: Tom Peeters, Tom Caulfield
ProductionJared Sacks