Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Mahler's Farewell

Today it is exactly 100 years ago that one of the greatest composers of all time, Gustav Mahler, passed away at age 50. To honour him, I post an excerpt of what I consider the most beautiful piece of music ever composed, Das Lied von der Erde. The sixth movement, appropriately titled Abschied (Farewell), lasts about 30 minutes, with the final 8 minutes available in this clip. The singer is the incomparable Kathleen Ferrier, herself having passed away shortly after this recording, aged only 41. Life is not fair, or as in the words of this masterpiece "Dunkel ist das Leben, ist der Tod" (Dark is life, dark is death).