Poet and composer, Gustav Mahler pours out his longing in this early cycle of songs.
Performed by baritone Thomas E. Bauer with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Giordano Bellincampi.
The German baritone Thomas E. Bauer began his musical life as a choirboy at Regensburg Cathedral and went on to study singing at the University of Music and Theatre in Munich. As a concert soloist he’s performed with many of the world’s most famous conductors, and he’s specially known for his work as a singer of Lieder, not to mention his work on the opera stage and as a recording artist.
In his early twenties Mahler fell head over heels in love with a soprano, Johanna Richter. But she did not return his affections, and Mahler was plunged into depression and misery, which he expressed in poetry, and then set to music as the Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen – the Songs of a Wayfarer.
In the first of the four songs, he envisages his beloved marrying someone else while he is left alone; the second song contrasts his bleak lot with joyful Nature; the third sings of passion and suicide; and in the last, the lovesick composer finds at least some sort of resolution and acceptance in the shade of a lime tree.
Recorded by RNZ Concert, Auckland Town Hall, 15 November 2018
Producer: Tim Dodd; Sound engineer: Adrian Hollay