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Mahler
Rückert-Lieder
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Kindertotenlieder
Marilyn Horne (mezzo-soprano)

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Zubin Mehta [Rückert-Lieder; Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen]
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Henry Lewis

Rückert-Lieder & Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen recorded in Royce Hall, University of California, Los Angeles in March 1978; Kindertotenlieder recorded in Kingsway Hall, London, on a date or dates not advised
CD No: DECCA ELOQUENCE 442 8287
Duration: 67 minutes
Reviewed: March 2007
This is the first release on CD of "Rückert-Lieder" and a most welcome one. Here, as throughout the disc, Marilyn Horne uses her rich timbre to inflect the luminous quality of her interpretations with an ambiguity that particularly suits "Kindertotenlieder" from which 'Oft denk' ich, sie sind nur ausgegangen' is exemplary in this respect. Mehta and Lewis are sympathetic partners.

 

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