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Gustav Mahler

Der Abschied (31:16)

The final movement of Mahler's famous Das Lied von der Erde - The Song of the Earth. Many consider this movement - which means "the farewell" - to be Mahler's masterpiece.

Though Das Lied is a song-cycle, it is in many ways symphonic. (Mahler was very fond of using choirs and vocal soloists in some of his Symphonies - most notably the Second and the Eight.) It was composed after he had completed the Eight, and some…

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