Mahler: Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen

Written by Michael Barrett

Associate Artistic Director, NYFOS

In category: Song of the Day

Published June 24, 2016

Ending the week on a transcendent, serene note, I’m returning to Leonard Bernstein at the piano with baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in Mahler’s “Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen”. This piece is an ultimate test for both singer and conductor, but when reduced to just piano, it really stretches one’s talents and ears. It’s amazing how they can achieve such an other-worldly extreme in this music, with so few notes. This music takes lots of courage to play this way, and I think they really achieve something special.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fr0u76b6WuI&feature=youtu.be

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Michael Barrett is the co-founder and associate artistic director of New York Festival of Song, as well as the co-founder and music director of the Moab Music Festival in Utah. A conductor and a pianist, Michael was a protégé of Leonard Bernstein and serves as music advisor to the Leonard Bernstein Estate.

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