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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau Sings Mahler's "Ich bin der Welt abhandon gekommen"


On this day exactly 100 years ago, the great Gustav Mahler died. Born on July 7, 1860 in eastern Bohemia, Mahler's work bridged the late 19th century Romantic tradition and the post-Romantic modernism of the early 20th century. Mahler was known in his lifetime chiefly as a conductor, while his own compositions only gained popularity after WWII. To remember him, here is one of his greatest works—"Ich bin der Welt abhandon gekommen," from a collection of five songs for voice and orchestra known as the Ruckert Lieder—sung by the great German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and accompanied by the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Karl Bohm.

- Joseph K. So

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