BBC Building a Library: Das Lied von der Erde

This week’s Building a Library programme from BBC Radio 3 concerns itself with Mahler’s Lied von der Erde.

Stephen Johnson examins the available recordings of Das Lied von der Erde and makes his own personal recommendation.

The programme can be heard online until this Saturday, 3rd Oct. Skip forward 26 minutes to hear the section.


Oskar Fried conducting Mahler in 1936

Arbiter Records have released a CD of a live recording of Oskar Fried conducting Von der Schönheit from Das Lied von der Erde in 1936 (with Astra Desmond, alto, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra).

Fried’s relationship with Mahler is outlined in the comprehensive liner notes.

“And I confess I liked him immediately.” (Oskar Fried on Gustav Mahler)

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