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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde - Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano); Toby Spence (tenor); London Philharmonic Orchestra; Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor)
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  1. Das Lied von der Erde, for alto (or baritone), tenor & orchestra
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Gustav Mahler is said to have avoided calling Das Lied von der Erde his Symphony No. 9 because of the jinx associated with Beethoven, Schubert, Dvorák, and Bruckner having died after composing their ninth symphonies but before completing a tenth. It didn't work: he went on to compose a Symphony No. 9 but didn't live to finish the Symphony No. 10. But in truth Das Lied von der Erde, though it certainly has aspects in common with Mahler's symphonies, is also a song cycle. Quebec conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin realizes this ...