Sunday, December 16, 2012

Gustav Mahler's Kindertotenlieder - Songs on the Death of Children

One of Austrian composer Gustav Mahler's most poignant creations is his song cycle based on poems of Friedrich Rückert,  Kindertotenlieder.  The five songs are set for mezzo-soprano or baritone voice and orchestra.  Written between 1901 and 1904, they represent the essence of Mahler's fascination with innocence vs. fate, with sorrowful longings interspersed with outbursts of anguish.

There are a number of notable performances on Youtube and elsewhere on the web, but these resonant renditions by Matthias Goerne, with the Gustav Mahler Yugenorchester, directed by Jonathan Nott, at the 2009 BBC Proms concerts, contain English subtitles.

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Part Two:

Part Three:

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