Lied des Verfolgten im Turm from “Des Knaben Wunderhorn”. Gustav Mahler

On Gustav Mahler’s anniversary, we keep reading through the composer’s music diary. Lied des Verfolgten in Turm (The Song of a Prisoner in a Tower) follows Revelge on musicAeterna.org. The piece is based on the lyrics of an old German song about freedom of thought which were first published in 1780. In the early 19th century, the song made its way into the compilation by A. von Arnim and C. Brentano. At the end of the same century, Mahler wrote his own version of Lied des Verfolgten in Turm, which he dedicated to Nina Hoffmann — an Austrian writer, translator and researcher of F. Dostoevsky’s works. 

The recording was made at musicAeterna’s performance at Konzerthaus Wien.

Anna-Lucia Richter (soprano)
Florian Boesch (bass-baritone)
musicAeterna orchestra
Conducted by Teodor Currentzis

Thanks to takt1 for the video provided.

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Participants:

Teodor Currentzis, musicAeterna orchestra, Anna Lucia Richter, Florian Böch