MAHLER Bernstein Compl.Recordings Vol. I 4775174

The orchestra played with a lot of emotions and smiles and everything . . . it was much closer to my world at that time.

[Mahler / "Des Knaben Wunderhorn"]: Bernstein, at his most magnetic here, notices everything and exaggerates (almost) nothing. With that distinctive sharp edge to her tone, Popp sings a nicely acerbic "Fischpredigt" and a nonpareil "Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen" . . . the performances are often magnificent, not least the duets . . . criticism seems impertinent in the face of singing of such plangent intensity, simplicity and sophistication held in perfect balance. Schrnidt, with his fine dark resonance, is superb in the tragic military nocturnes.