Mahler Symphony #5, and Knaben Wunderhorn

My admiration for conductor Andris Nelsons continues to increase as I see more of his work. He is passionate, has great eye contact with his players, and seems to care deeply about the results achieved.

In this DVD recording we get to listen to the amazing Fifth symphony by Gustav Mahler And also Selected Songs from ‘Des Knaben Wunderhorn’


Performed by the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, and with Matthias Goerne, Baritone.

The selections are:

Symphony No. 5

Rheinlegendchen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn), with Matthias Goerne (baritone)

Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Das irdische Leben (Des Knaben Wunderhorn

Urlicht (orig. in Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Revelge (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Der Tambourg’sell (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Andris Nelsons conducted the Lucerne Festival Orchestra for the third time in August 2015, the orchestra’s second summer without founder and guiding spirit Claudio Abbado. The first half of his concert was already a highlight: the baritone Matthias Goerne seemed completely at home in a selection of songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn by Mahler.

His warm, dark voice allows him to capture the somber and tragic atmosphere of this music like no one else. The singer’s voice captures the work’s melancholy and nocturnal moods, where one can directly experience how an artist of this caliber can bring music to a high level of perfection.

See for yourself what I mean via a video highlight of this amazing music:

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