14 January 2014

Song of a Troubled Heart - Airs Jan 15th

Song of a Troubled Heart from Radio Netherlands
After a series of tragic events in 1907, Gustav Mahler composed “Das Lied von der Erde” (The Song of the Earth), a symphony in six movements for tenor, alto and orchestra. With texts based on 8th century Chinese poetry, he called it his “most personal composition.” We'll hear the story from the summer of 1910 when Mahler, still suffering from deep depression, traveled to Holland to meet with Dr. Sigmund Freud. Unfortunately, psychoanalysis proved even less able to ease his troubled heart than poetry had. He would die the following year - having never heard "Das Lied von der Erde" performed.

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