The Soundtrack Of Her Life

Mezzo-soprano Alice Coote is asked: ‘Which one song or piece of music would work as the soundtrack to your life?’ She replies: one ‘would be “Der Abschied” from Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde.” I used to listen to Kathleen Ferrier singing it when I was disgruntled at music college; I’d lie on my back, and the tears would collect in my ears.’ I couldn’t find Ferrier’s version, but I did locate Janet Baker’s, above.

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