Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen

Today it is 150 years ago that Austrian composer Gustav Mahler was born in eastern Bohemia. After Bach, I consider him the best composer of all time, thanks to his massive symphonies and wonderful orchestral song cycles. For the occasion, I selected a YouTube version of one of his best songs, Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen, based on a poem by Rueckert, in my favourite version: the incomparable Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Karl Boehm.