This is a recording of the Mahler Symphony No. 5 and Selected Songs from Mahler’s song cycle ‘Des Knaben Wunderhorn’
Performed at the Lucerne Festival with Matthias Goerne, Baritone.
The selections are as follows:
Symphony No. 5
Rheinlegendchen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)
Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)
Das irdische Leben (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)
Urlicht (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)
Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt
Revelge (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)
Der Tambourg’sell (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)
The first half of this concert was immediately a delight: The baritone Matthias Goerne seems completely at home in a selection of songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn. His warm, dark voice allows him to capture the somber and tragic atmosphere of this music like no one else.
Conductor Andriss Nelsons finds a unique approach to Mahler’s Fifth. His Mahler is fiery, expansive, and powerful. In spite of the introductory funeral march, his reading is more positive than tragic, radiating an intense vitality. It is breathtaking to observe the orchestra’s response to Nelsons’s energetic, physical, and emotional conducting style.
Here is Andriss Nelsons conducting the Berlin Philharmonic in Mahler’s Symphony #5