"I am Lost to the World" by Gustav Mahler
Pilar Vázquez, mezzosoprano, and Elisa Rapado, piano
Lied "Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen", by Gustav Mahler
Mahler completed this Lied, set to a poem by Friedrich Rückert, in August 1901. In some respects, this work, which tells of voluntary withdrawal from the world and spiritual reclusion, may be autobiographical. In those same weeks, Mahler had withdrawn to the Alps, recovering from illness and began composing his famous Kindertotenlieder, once again set to texts by Rückert.
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