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R. Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder Orchesterlieder [Import]

Karita Mattila Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Composer: Richard Strauss
  • Audio CD (13 Sep 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000026D04
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 197,731 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Richard Strauss: Vier Gesänge, Op.33 - 2. Gesang der Apollopriesterin 7:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Richard Strauss: Fünf Lieder, Op.48 - 1. Freundliche Vision 2:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Richard Strauss: 4 Lieder, Op.27, No.1-4 - 2. Cäcilie - Wenn du es wüßtest 2:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Richard Strauss: Vier Gesänge, Op.33 - 1. Verführung 7:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Richard Strauss: Sechs Lieder, Op.56 - 5. Frühlingsfeier 3:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Richard Strauss: Acht Lieder op.49 - 1. Waldseligkeit 2:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Richard Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder - 1. Frühling 3:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Richard Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder - 2. September 4:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Richard Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder - 3. Beim Schlafengehen 5:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Richard Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder - 4. Im Abendrot 8:25£0.79  Buy MP3 


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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shattering 17 Dec 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Somewhere between Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (unsurpassable intelligence of phrasing)and Jessye Norman (overwhelming glow), Karita Mattila's rendition of the Four Last Songs is easily the warmest and most beautifully sung of any I've heard (live or recorded) in years. Abbado with the Berlin Philharmonic provide the best accompaniment of a generation.
My favourite recording of the year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I have several recordings of the Four Last Songs but I have never heard them sung this well. The combined magic of Karita Mattila, Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic have given us a truly wonderful recording. I shall treasure this disc until the day I die!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly! 11 Jan 2011
By aria
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I totally agree with the other 2 reviewers views about the wonders of Ms Mattila's 4 last songs. On top of that the cd also includes great treats of some rarely performed orchestra songs by Strauss. Ms Mattila's vast vocal palette and understanding of these poems are beautifully accompanied by the Berlin phil and Abbado which stretches the boundary of any good sound system, ears and imagination.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A sumptuous orchestral experience, and a great Strauss voice 16 Jun 2000
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
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Most great Mahler conductors are also great Stauss conductors, but not Abbado. He has that in common with Bernstein--neither recorded more than a handful of Richard Strauss chestnuts (Abbado doesn't even have an opera, Bernstein only Rosenkavalier). But Abbado could be a great Staussian nonetheless--I think I would have lost my mind if I'd been in the audience for this 1998 concert with Karita Mattila, herself a great Staussian. She has a perfect Salome voice combining girlish lightness with soaring power, rivalled only by Wellitsch and perhaps Behrens in their prime.

That Salome voice is used to tremendous effect in the fifth song, Fruhlingsdeier, and the lyric side of the voice comes out splendidly in the first song, Gesang der Apollopriesterin, neither of them well known. Abbado conducts at a pitch of fervor one doesn't associate with him; these accompaniments are tone poems in themselves, ravishingly played by the Berlin Phil. Once the greatest of all Strauss orchestras under Karajan, here they return to form but with added emotion rarely found under Karajan.

The core of this CD is the Four Last Songs, which unfortunately aren't a highlight. There is no problem with Mattila's voice, which has everything required, but in the first song, Fruhling, she seems neutral, not thrilling enough or closely connected to the poem. Abbado has gone twenty degrees cooler, also, and he keeps it cool in September--both singer and conductor are too detached. One keeps wanting the vibrant excitement in Schwarzkopf's accounts. By the third song it has become apparent that Abbado is gliding over all the phrases he should be pausing to express with some depth. The aching farewell of the last song, In Abendroth, fails to emerge except in glimpses, even though it's is the song best suited to Mattila's low-key interpretation.

In the end, this turns out to be a thrilling CD for the first half, and a lovely but rather impersonal one for the second.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb CD 27 Sep 2001
By jhorro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Karita Mattila is in this music. Her upper range is gloriously expansive and has the purity that is especially popular nowadays. Claudio Abbado has not recorded as much Strauss as his predecessor, but I dare say this recording approaches those in depth of perception. The Berlin Philharmonic is in marvellous form, even in the Four Last Songs taken from live performances. Mattila also delivers a fine Four Last songs, maybe not matching Schwarzkopf, but finer than many we will hear today. It is definitely worth the investigating of Straussians for the orchestral songs, which sound like miniature operas.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gesang der Apollopriesterin!!! 27 April 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD for the "Vier Letzte Lieder", but I have to say I liked the other orchestral songs more interesting and better done. Mattila's VLL are beautifully sung throughout, but somehow lacking in character.
BUT: I could listen to the "Gesang der Apollopriesterin" a hundred times and I would not get enough. It is a gorgeous song and wonderfully done. I hope, I have a chance to hear Mattila do it live someday!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a good recording 10 July 2003
By "yhpan" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have listened to many versions of the "four last songs". This is not my favourite, but still it's a good recording. I particularly liked the choices of songs in this album. I like "Gesang der Apollopriesterin" very much. Karita's voice is not as big as Norman, but has very feminine and beautiful quality.
Berlin Philhamonic's performance is superb, and Abbado is one of the greatest conductors in our time. I have never worked with him. But I have seen his conducting many times in rehearsals and concerts with Berlin Philhamonic. He is a genuine musician. His conducting is all about music not showing off like Lorin Maazel or Riccardo Mutti sometimes do. Is this album worth listening? The answer is yes. Is the album worth buying? It's up to you. I listened to most of my recordings before I purchased them.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars karita matilla 11 Mar 2014
By Jim Gibney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Too much noise during the 4 last songs I would have preferred a cleaner disc even at a little more expense
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