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R Strauss: Four Last Songs/Arias Original recording remastered

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  • Composer: Richard Strauss
  • Audio CD (24 Mar. 2011)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Legends
  • ASIN: B00004XQ8H
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,530 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By "maggiegoren" on 8 Feb. 2003
Format: Audio CD
I first heard the Lisa della Casa recording of the Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss shortly after it appeared in 1953. It then captivated and deeply moved me and I have heard no other interpretation to match it since for purity of tone, sensitivity and an evocative gentleness that seems effortlessly produced by a most lyrical voice. The orchestral pace is a little faster than many other interpretations which for me is a plus, relieving the work of an over-serious morbidity that can detract from its greater quality of ethereal spirituality.
At the age of thirty-four this remarkable singer had already developed an exceptional vocal maturity. Della Casa was therefore able to bring to this last song cycle written in 1948, four years before the composer's death, an elegance and understanding of the rich and evocative combination of poetry and music that the work encapsulates. Indeed, this is a work where voice and orchestration are balanced in such a way, harmonically and in repetitive response, that a voice as pure and sophisticated as that of Lisa della Casa becomes a fluid, instrumental extension to the rich fabric of the score, neither voice nor orchestra denying the other its space or meaning but achieving a perfect integration. Della Casa soars powerfully but gently and with exquisite musicality to great heights through all of these songs and descends with perfect control. The strings rise with her, with the inevitable Straussian horns adding their wistful sonority to the final phrases in the first and second songs, Beimschlafgehen and September, while flutes mimic a pair of larks in the last song, Im Abendrot.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. DAVID Geer on 1 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
The original definitive version - Lovely! These days we are inundated with 4 last songs, but this was the first and one of the all time best interpretations. Strauss heard Della Casa in Zurich and predicted she would sing Arabella, how true that turned out to be. For a vintage recording by a singer Strauss approved of you can not go wrong with this. Decca fabulous sound and the extras are equally arresting!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By BravoBaroque on 28 Sept. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I apologise(in advance) to those who think THEY have the definitive version of the "Four Last Songs" but THIS is it.
Just as there will never be a better recording Of Tosca than the one with Callas,or Norma with Sutherland;nor will there be a better Pamino than Wunderlich,or a nastier(and sexier) Don Giovanni than Keenlyside;or a more enchanting Zerbinetta than Gruberova. So to there will never be a more beautifully sung four last songs than this recording,with the incomparable Lisa Della Casa.
She has a beautiful voice,
a voice that can soar where it needs to in Strauss.
She has too a depth of feeling unequalled by ANY other singer in this repertoire (not only the four last songs).
I would take this to a desert island,and not mind the hardships and lack of civilisation if I could hear this every day.
Simply Unique.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Classical Musician on 23 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
I would start off by saying that there is no such thing as a definitive recording of any piece of music, no matter how much an individual may love a particular interpretation. This is why we buy several recordings of individual works, in order to appreciate the multi-faceted nature of the great pieces of the past. In the sleeve notes to this recording, the reviewer states "This recording, made in 1953, can be considered authentic for a number of reasons." Personally, I do not believe that ANY recording can claim to be authentic and I don't think della Casa or Bohm would have made such a claim themselves. However, this is certainly a distinctive, historical document and a recording that is more than worthy to stand besides more modern interpretations.

As a comparison, I particularly admire the recent Isokoski/RSO-Berlin/Janowski recording of the Four Last Songs as well as Janowitz's classic account with Karajan at the helm - two recordings which complement each other perfectly in my opinion; Isokoski for a more classically restrained and silvery style of singing; Karajan for a more deeply spiritual and luxurious performance.

Lisa della Casa is certainly more similar to Isokoski's way with Strauss - lighter, with a wonderfully radiant tone. Karl Bohm really pushes the tempo in this performance - an element which may surprise modern listeners, but which to my ears makes perfect sense - especially with Fruhling and September, the two songs which are surely meant to be more life-affirming and brighter in tone than the sleepy Im Abendrot. Gerd Uekermann discuss these points in the informative sleeve notes - highlighting that "there is in fact no mention in the score of Adagio, let alone Largo - the marking for "Spring" is Allegretto and the other three are no slower than Andante.
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