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Mahler – Das Lied von der Erde – Part 1

Last updated Feb 23, 2021 | Published on Jan 28, 2021

Winner of a fellowship at the Bayreuther Festspiele, Mr. Griglio’s conducting has been praised for his “energy” and “fine details”. Mr. Griglio took part in the first world recording of music by composer Irwin Bazelon and conducted several world premieres like "The song of Eddie", by Harold Farberman, a candidate for the Pulitzer Prize. Principal Conductor of International Opera Theater Philadelphia for four years, Mr.Griglio is also active as a composer. His first opera, Camille Claudel, debuted in 2013 to a great success of audience and critics. Mr. Griglio is presently working on an opera on Caravaggio and Music Director of Opera Odyssey.
Leonard Bernstein described Das Lied von der Erde as Mahler’s greatest symphony. And as a symphony was, in fact, published: a Symphony for Tenor, Alto or Baritone, and Orchestra.

 

Written between 1908 and 1909, Das Lied is a succession of 6 songs, for 2 singers alternating movements.

In order to even get a glimpse into this monumental work, we need to understand the biographical background that nurtured it.

Mahler had been obsessed with death for a long time but in the last years of his life, it acquired a whole new meaning. [...]

Das Lied von der Erde: the inspiration

In his quest for answers or, simply, solace Mahler was captivated by something extraneous: Hans Bethge’s Die chinesische Flöte, a paraphrase of an anthology of Chinese poetry published first in a German translation by Hans Heilmann in 1905. [...]

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