Friday, December 6, 2013

Gratuitous Gerhaher Friday - Die Zwei Blaue Augen

Gerhaher Hair*
After posting the ASvO recording of this song from Mahler's Songs of a Wayfarer the other day, I thought about how Christian Gerhaher moves me to tears in this song. Of course, he's recorded it in three different versions: piano, Mahler's orchestral version, and Schoenberg's chamber ensemble version.

So I've been listening to all three, back to back to back. It's wonderful and wonderfully depressing. I decided that, for now, the chamber version is my favorite, both at the "Ade, Ade" (farewell) section (so mournful) and the Lindenbaum bit. And then the song trails off into silence. Ach, Mahler. Not a cheerful man, but his music can be so moving!

*Not to be confused with Haim Hair (it's similar, but not quite the same thing!)

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