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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Das Lied von der Erde

Gustav Mahler

The New York Philharmonic

Movements 1-4 (25.8 MB .mp3)

Movements 5-6 (32.6 MB .mp3)

or as a...

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Bruno Walter, Conductor (in photo)
Maureen Forrester, Contralto
Richard Lewis, Tenor
Broadcast April 1960 from a live performance at Carnegie Hall

...with some GREAT playing from the French Horn Section:

James Chambers, Principal
Ranier "Dinny" DeIntinis, Second
(Substitute for Mark Fisher), Third
William Namen, Fourth
Louis Ricci, Assistant First

Mahler's score calls for four horns, but it was the practice of the time to have an extra player on hand to seamlessly alternate with the other parts, especially in famously difficult and lengthy works such as this one.