Das Lied von der Erde
Mahler originally conceived Das Lied von der Erde as a lavishly scored orchestral work, however, in Reinbert de Leeuw’s view, the music is in fact ideally suited to being performed by reduced instrumental forces. Not only does the work contain many chamber music-like passages, the vocal soloists also gain added nuance when they are no longer obliged to compete with a full-scale orchestra. The arrangements of orchestral music made by Arnold Schönberg in the 1920s for the ‘Verein für Privataufführungen’ serve as a model for De Leeuw. Thus, fidelity to the score is the foremost consideration. However, unlike Schönberg, who made an unfinished arrangement of Mahler’s Lied, De Leeuw adds more colours (including harp and bass clarinet) to his ensemble. The director Neil Wallace has taken on the staging of this production. Concertgebouw De Doelen commissioned Reinbert de Leeuw’s arrangement for the Rotterdam Opera Days. The Flemish website for classical music Klassiek Centraal awarded the production a Golden Label, the Flemish equivalent of the Edison.
Das Lied von der Erde (arr. Reinbert de Leeuw)
Reinbert de Leeuw
Sanne van der Put