HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Decca) Gustav Mahler – Das Lied Von Der Erde (Bernstein)


# Composer: Gustav Mahler
# Performer: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, James King
# Orchestra: Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
# Vinyl (1967)

# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC (Tracks)
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# Size: 1.33 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

During a career that spanned nearly five decades, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau established himself as one of the most accomplished performing artists of the twentieth century. He is widely considered to have been the finest modern interpreter of German Lieder, and his extensive operatic career was noted for fine musicianship and powerful characterization. He has also made important contributions as an author, conductor, and teacher.

After more than three decades, this remains the Lied of choice if you prefer Mahler’s sanctioned baritone alternative in the alto songs. Bernstein’s the hero of this intense, powerful reading. The Vienna orchestra, once led by Mahler himself, plays it to the hilt with expressive wind solos, deep, warm strings, and a searing response to Bernstein’s (and Mahler’s) emotional demands. King copes manfully with the cruelly difficult tenor songs, but Fischer-Dieskau is wonderful in the alto-baritone songs, singing with a great lieder specialist’s textual nuance and vocal splendor. I’ve been imprinted with the versions featuring Ferrier with Walter and Ludwig with Klemperer but would not want to be without this great recording. –Dan Davis

Das Lied von der Erde was the most personal and intimate work that Mahler wrote. Though he himself referred to the work as a symphony, he orchestrated it very much like one would do for a chamber orchestra, thus it makes the piece even that much more personal. This particular recording was made in 1966 by the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by the greatest Mahlerian, Leonard Bernstein. Rather than using the conventional tenor and soprano voices to sing the songs, Bernstein in this recording(he made two) chooses to use the alternative – a tenor and a baritone. I personally prefer the baritone to the soprano, because I feel as if the deep voice better conveys the irony, longing, passion, and pain that Mahler expresses in what I think to be his greatest work. This recording not only features a baritone singer, but the greatest baritone lied singer, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. This makes this particular recording of Das Lied von der Erde the best one currently available, and it is likely to be insurpassable. As usual Bernstein wrings ever ounce of emotion from this great piece, and he chooses singers who can do the same. The sound quality is superb, making this old recording sound as if it were brand new. The definitive Lied Von Der Erde with great sound makes this disc a must have.


  Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde
A1   I. Das Trinklied Vom Jammer Der Erde 8:25  
A2   II. Der Einsame Im Herbst 11:20  
A3   III. Von Der Jugend 3:05  
A4   IV. Von Der Schönheit 8:05  
A5   V. Der Trunkene Im Frühling 4:32  
B   VI. Der Abschied 31:01  

Analyzed folder: /96kGM_DLVDE_Bern/96k Mahler – Das Lied Von Der Erde – Bernstein
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR12        -0.27 dB     -17.23 dB     A1 I. Das Trinklied Vom Jammer Der Erde.wav
DR16        -1.43 dB     -24.55 dB     A2 II. Der Einsame Im Herbst.wav
DR13        -5.07 dB     -23.75 dB     A3 III. Von Der Jugend.wav
DR15        -0.19 dB     -21.52 dB     A4 IV. Von Der Schoenheit.wav
DR12        -1.15 dB     -17.42 dB     A5 V. Der Trunkene Im Fruehling.wav
DR15        -0.63 dB     -21.97 dB     B VI. Der Abschied.wav
Number of files:    6
Official DR value:    DR14



Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • Cartridge: Sumiko Black Bird
  • Phono amp: Pro-Ject Phono Box RS
  • ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
  • Pre Amp: Unison Research Unico Pre (Tube)
  • Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
  • Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
  • Connections: MIT Terminator, Audioquest Emerald, Audioquest Quartz
  • Software: iZotope RX Advanced v2.02, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Light de-Clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no De-Noising

If You hear some clicks and pops here and there, Who cares?
Id rather have a few light anomalies instead of destroying the music. Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.

  • DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
  • Converting Wave -> Flac: Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5

If you like what i do, please consider that a little donation would be very appreciate. I reinvest all donations in maintenance of my rig, for purchasing cleaning solutions and, most important of all, purchasing of new vinyls.
Click on the “Donate”-button. Thank you very much !

Download from FileFactory
4 archives
PW: LaWally

15 thoughts on “HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Decca) Gustav Mahler – Das Lied Von Der Erde (Bernstein)

  1. Thanks for this one.

    DFD certainly is deeply inside the meaning words. I also have to add that I agree Das Lied is better with a baritone voice instead of a mezzo/contralto voice. It sounds less sentimental to my ears performed like that.
    I doubt Mahler wanted Das Abschied to be sentimental.

  2. I have to agree with LCA1957 that [a] DFD is exceptionally good in this recording, and [b] a baritone is better than a Mezzo; though I have several such recordings. I also like King better than most other tenors. His voice is powerful, rich, and expressive, but under control in the softer passages.

    But most effective is our audio technician on this 1967 (?) recording by Columbia, and permitted to Decca. This is beautiful Rach.

  3. Before all, many thanks for the post. After that, i would like recomend to Mahlerians the biography book Gustav Mahler by Jens Malte Fischer. Im reading currently this master work and i find it outstanding.
    The original was written in German (i don´t know the Publisher). In english, appeared a few years ago, is published by Yale books.

  4. Remember the the graet times of James King. You should compare with the famous older recording with Fritz Wunderlich,Dieskau under Krips. Trottar

Leave a Reply