All of Davis’s strengths are here. He understands the fragility and fear behind the tenor songs, the loneliness and yearning for connection, and the deep strength and true heroism of the alto songs. He captures the brittleness of the tenor songs (death) and the lush resilience of the alto songs (life) superbly.
Vickers and Norman were giants. Their intensity and vocal power are thrilling, and Davis responded with starkly splendid playing from the LSO.
There are lots of very good performances of Das Lied on records. This can stand among the best of them.