Von der Schönheit (Lotus-Picking Song), Li Bai
Ning Liang, mezzo-soprano
Warren Mok, tenor
Lan Shui, conductor
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Ng, lyricist
From Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (Chinese version) (2007)
Released by Naxos
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde: Von der Schönheit
Mahler’s masterpiece, Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth) was after Hans Bethge’s “Chinese Flute”, which was based on Chinese ancient poetry by Li Bai, Wang Wei, Qian Qi and Meng Haoran.
In 2005, a Cantonese version was prepared by Daniel Ng, Cantonese because it is the closest to the lost 8th Century Northern Middle Chinese dialect in which the original texts were written.
Let’s enjoy Das Lied von der Erde in it’s original version!