Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the San Francisco Symphony, with tenor Stuart Skelton and world-renowned baritone Thomas Hampson.
Thomas and the orchestra have rarely sounded so assured or dynamic in their command of Mahler’s late style.
- Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle
Mahler was a great symphonist and a great songwriter. In his “song-symphony” Das Lied von der Erde (“The Song of the Earth”), these two strands of his genius are intertwined. Here Mahler summons all his orchestral and vocal imagination, taking us to the heart of ancient Chinese poems that praise life’s joys and lament life’s brevity.
Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde
Der Einsame im Herbst
Von der Jugend
Von der Schönheit
Der Trunkene im Frühling
Total Length 63:20
San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Stuart Skelton, tenor
Thomas Hampson, baritone