In Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth), Mahler married together for the first time the lyricism of the song-cycle and the formal ambition of the symphony. With texts based on Chinese poems reflecting on themes of life and death, it contains some of the composer’s most bittersweet music – joyful exuberance one moment, anguished heartbreak the next. Ever aware of his own mortality, Mahler was drawn to the poems’ highly concentrated reflections on natural beauty, the transience of human existence and the inevitable acceptance of death, describing Das Lied von der Erde as ’probably the most personal composition I have created thus far’.
"...this is an impressive new version of Mahler’s great symphonic song cycle with distinguished work from everyone. The sound is well balanced, and there is not a peep out of the audience." ****
Phillip Scott - Limelight magazine.com.au - 6 February 2014
"The young Canadian maestro Yannick Nezet-Seguin presents a febrile, detailed view of this great song symphony ... coaxing great playing from the LPO ... it is Sarah Connolly though who impresses most, precisely characterising every mood with great purity and beauty of tone. She here confirms her position as one of todays great Mahlerians - and as such makes this a very special disc indeed." *****
Guy Weatherall - Classical Music magazine - November 2013
’...Yannick Nézet-Séguin perfectly captures the yearning for lost youth and resigned acceptance of mortality that pervades Mahler’s masterpiece.’
Hugh Canning - The Sunday Times - 29 September 2013