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.