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Despite popular myth, Mahler did not compose his "farewell" in the grip of a death wish. Plus, someone finally takes on London's concert coughers

By Martin Kettlee   June 2008

Mahler’s song of the earth

A century after it was written, and in spite of the massive popularity of the composer’s other symphonies, a performance of Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde remains a very special event. So it is good to see that this year’s BBC Proms programmers, ever alert to anniversaries, have scheduled a centenary performance of Das Lied under Donald Runnicles on 3rd August. Even better news for admirers of this defining 20th-century work is that two of the most important singers of the current era, the tenor Jonas Kaufman and the mezzo Alice Coote,…

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