Mahler: Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde for tenor and orchestra

Colin Matthews was commissioned by Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra to arrange the first movement of the Lied von der Erde in order to create a better balance between the voice and the orchestra, which in Mahler’s original is famously somewhat problematic (the piece was premiered posthumously and Mahler was unable to make his usual improvements). The number of orchestral musicians has remained the same as in the original version, however.

The premiere of this version of the first movement will take place on 10 May. The remaining movements will be played from the normal performance material. The ‘normal’ edition of the entire Lied von der Erde remains valid as the piano score of the first movement.

Gustav Mahler/Colin Matthews: Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde

(No. 1 from Das Lied von der Erde)
for tenor und orchestra (1908) | 8’
arranged by Colin Matthews (2012)
prem. 10/05/2012 @ Manchester, Bridgewater Hall, Lars Cleveman, t
Hallé Orchestra, cond. Sir Mark Elder

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