Drain your golden goblets to the lees

The Song of the Earth is a setting of translations/paraphrases of seven Chinese poems that Mahler described as ‘a symphony for tenor, contralto (or baritone) and orchestra’. Superstitious, the composer had hoped to cheat his perceived nemesis (Beethoven, Schubert, Bruckner and  Dvořák had all died after writing their 9th symphonies) by simply not numbering this work; but […]