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This recording was made under the direction of Reinbert de Leeuw in December 2019, two months before his death. A few weeks before that, he had called Thomas Dieltjens, artistic director of Het Collectief, to tell him: ‘Since our concert in mid-July 2019 at the Saintes Festival, I’ve been haunted by Das Lied von der Erde. I’m totally under its spell, and every day I discover new things in this masterpiece by Mahler. Wouldn’t it be a dream if we could record this music with the outstanding group of instrumentalists and soloists we had in Saintes? And preferably as soon as possible?’ Reinbert himself made the arrangement for fifteen instrumentalists and two soloists and invested all his remaining strength in the recording of this music, which encompasses the whole of life, from the freshness of birth to the moment of farewell... A testamentary album, with the moving mezzo-soprano Lucile Richardot, which gives us an opportunity to pay tribute to one of the key ambassadors of twentieth-century music.

With la Médiathèque Musicale Mahler


Presto Classical Editor's Choice award

"This chamber scoring does, of course, throw the instrumental and vocal colours into sharper relief, and the playing has real character and a quality of intimate kinship characteristic of small ensembles. (…) This is a release you will want to listen to over and over again for its beauty, but perhaps also for its power to heal."
"Voilà donc le plus beau, le plus grand hommage : un CD permettant à Reinbert de Leeuw de convaincre auditeurs et programmateurs que son travail sur un tel chef-d'œuvre est une référence. "
Le Devoir