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Walter – V – Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde WPO Kullman Thorborg

Bruno Walter WPO Charles Kullman Kerstin Thorborg

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde – Rückert Lied « Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen »

Wien Musikvereinsaal – «Live» 24 Mai 1936

Source: 33t/LP EMI Toshiba (Japan) EAC-57049

A l’occasion du 25ème anniversaire de la disparition du compositeur survenue le 18 mai 1911, Bruno Walter a dirigé trois concerts à Vienne.

Le premier a eu lieu le 22 mai dans les studios de la Radio (RAVAG) avec les Wiener Symphoniker et il a été diffusé en direct. Le programme comportait les Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen avec Rosette Anday et la 9ème Symphonie:

Les deux autres concerts ont été donnés les 23 et 24 mai à la Musikvereinsaal avec le WPO, Charles Kullmann et Kerstin Thorborg, avec au programme deux Rückert Lieder (Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen et Um Mitternacht), puis Das Lied von der Erde. Le deuxième concert a été enregistré par EMI et publié à l’exception d’ Um Mitternacht en un album ROX 165 à 171 de sept 78 tours (matrices CHAX 125 à 138) pour Das Lied von der Erde et un disque séparé LB45 (matrices CHA 744 & 745) pour le Rückert Lied.

N.B. :En 1939, Kullmann a modifié l’orthographe de son nom en Kullman.

Le blog 33+45=78 qui était spécialisé dans le report de 78 tours avec un haut niveau de qualité a proposé l’enregistrement de Das Lied von der Erde avec le contenu non monté des faces 78 tours. On constate que, pour assurer une continuité sans accroc des faces 78 tours pour les Lieder (I, II, IV et VI) qui occupent plus d’une face, il y a un recouvrement de quelques secondes d’une face à l’autre.

Les fichiers mis en ligne par le site 33+45=78 sont malheureusement devenus introuvables suite à la fermeture de ce site remarquable. Ils vous sont proposés à titre de bonus.

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the composer’s death on May 18, 1911, Bruno Walter conducted three concerts in Vienna.

The first one took place on May 22 in the studios of the Vienna Radio (RAVAG) with the Wiener Symphoniker and it was broadcast live. The program was comprised of the Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with Rosette Anday and of the Ninth Symphony:

The other two  concerts took place on May 23 and 24 at the Musikvereinsaal with the WPO, Charles Kullmann and Kerstin Thorborg, with a program consisting of two Rückert Lieder (Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen and Um Mitternacht), and then Das Lied von der Erde. The second concert was recorded by EMI and published (without Um Mitternacht) as an album ROX 165 to 171 of seven 78rpm records for Das Lied von der Erde (matrix n°: CHAX 125 to 138) and a separate disc LB45 (matrix n° CHA 744 &745) for the Rückert Lied. .

N.B. :In 1939, Kullmann changed the spelling of his name into Kullman.

The blog 33+45=78 which made a speciality of high quality transfers of 78rpm records proposed the recording of Das Lied von der Erde with the unedited content of the 78rpm sides. One notes that, in order to obtain the best possible continuity between the 78rpm sides for the Lieder (I, II, IV et VI) that require more than one side, there is an overlap of a few seconds between the sides.

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Kerstin Thorborg Orpheus Salzburg 1936

Charles Kullman Salzburg 1936

6 réponses sur « Walter – V – Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde WPO Kullman Thorborg »

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Fantastic, the LP transfer is beautifully full bodied & (naturally) better than my over Cedar processed CD…but the unjoined 78 files are even better! Thank you so much for taking the time to present these important musical archives to us…BOTH versions!

Excellent transfer ! The version under Walter with Ferrier is of course famous but , and in particular thanks to your good sound, one can appreciate how challenging the Kullman/Thorborg is. Thank you so much.

Yes, indeed!
In ‘Song on Record I – Lieder’ (Edited by Alan Blyth), Andrew Clements is very fond of this recording, especially of Thorborg’s performance which he compares favourably to Ferrier’s in the 1952 recording:

« Thorborg’s dignified restraint and cool truthfulness make an intereresting comparison with the contralto in Walter’s second recording…. It as become indelibly known as ‘Kathleen Ferrier’s Das Lied‘… When she made the recording in 1952, she had little more than one year to live. Divorcing that knowledge from one’s perception of her account of the ‘Abschied’ is very hard indeed. But with Thorborg’s performance such a vivid model, some aspects of Ferrier’s singing do become more difficult to accept. Her overly emotional response to the text of the final song may be very moving, but how closely does it correspond with Mahler’s intention? Surely the composer of ‘Der Abschied’ was signalling his acceptance of the certainty of death with some nobility, a sense of resignation that he would go on to express more fully in his Ninth Symphony. His farewell to the earth is indeniably a passionate one, but surely it should never hint at the lacrymose, which to my churlish ear Ferrier does at several points. »

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