Thursday, March 31, 2011

#90 The Smell of Thirst

Wait for the strings: there's something in the air–slow strain, infinite waiting, determined pulsation. Combine it with the voice: trembling, soft, thirsty, sad.

Ludwig is so convincing you need to yield to her. Her voice is captivating–this song should never end.

Composer: Gustav Mahler
Work: Rückert-Lieder, II. Ich atmet’ einen linden Duft
Recording: Christa Ludwig, Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer

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