Bernstein conducts Mahler: Rückert Lieder – with Thomas Hampson
Not long before his death, Leonard Bernstein recorded an important complement to his complete filmed survey of Mahler's Symphonies: filmed performances of the composer's three great song cycles, with American baritone Thomas Hampson. Here they present the Rückert Lieder, composed at the start of the 20th century. Not strictly speaking conceived as a cycle – and with no fixed order for performance – the songs are nevertheless a staple of the repertoire, especially in their orchestral guise. They present the quintessence of Mahler's musical language at the start of his final decade, with "Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen" arguably his most celebrated song of all.
- Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
- Wiener Philharmoniker
- Leonard Bernstein