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Strauss, R.: Four Last Songs, etc.

11 Jun. 2007 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1983
  • Release Date: 11 Jun. 2007
  • Label: Decca Music Group Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2007 Decca Music Group Limited
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  • Total Length: 45:09
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  • ASIN: B001LP06Q6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,082 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By sapitt on 2 Dec. 2009
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This is a particularly beautiful version of Strauss 4 last songs.I listened to a number of versions before choosing this. The depth and range of her voice is perfect for these songs. I heard the Strauss on a radio 4 programme for the first time and was amazed and hooked: the music is poignant and rich without being maudlin. Buy it.
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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Jacobite on 9 Jan. 2009
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There have been many wonderful recordings of the Four Last Songs but none can compare with this which has to rank as one of the greatest vocal recordings ever made. There are not enough "stars" available to do it justice when rating it. Everything about it is simply perfection. It is the most played disc in my collection. Whenever I am feeling "down" on it goes and it never fails to lift my spirits. The glorious sounds that Norman produces are out of this world, soaring aloft, transporting you heavenwards:one moment literally making the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and the next filling your heart and soul with a warm glow as she reduces her huge and refulgent voice down to the most beautiful whispered pianissimo. I once played this recording in the hi fi demonstration room of a large department store and within seconds a crowd had gathered around the doorway all thrilled by the singing and eager to know what was the music. I would rest content on my desert island, not the least anxious to be rescued, if I had this disc with me. "ist dies etwa der Tod?" ("can this be death?") are the concluding words of the fourth song, Im Abendrot. What bliss it would be to pass away on my island my ears filled with this celestial music.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gekko on 19 Dec. 2010
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I have heard several sopranos singing Strauss's Four Last Songs, but in my opinion Jessye Norman's is the best. Her voice is so pure and seemingly effortless to reach and hold the perfect note with perfect timing. Apart from the fact that this soprano's voice seems well suited to this particular music, there is some extra quality to her voice which makes this performance outstanding.Strauss, R.: Four Last Songs etc
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. E. Harris on 30 July 2014
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I too am an ardent listener of Richard Strauss Lieder, like other reviewers I can find music to reflect alll moods, however, the purpose of this review is to comment on his 'Four last songs' and in particular Im Abendrot. My original two recordings were of Gundula Janowitz with the Berliner Philharmonic conducted by Herbet Von Karajan and Renee Fleming with the Munchner under ChristianThieleman. I had been mulling over reviews of the Four last songs and Jessye Norman was obviously a firm favourite amongst the reviewers so I decided to buy it. There is no doubt that all the recordings are very moving and of a high standard, I can still listen to the four last songs with a great depth of feeling, Morgen too is another of my particular favourites. I have decided though that Renee Fleming is the recording that I prefer, I find her tonal range that little bit more in depth than that of Jessye Norman, I have also watched her sing this live and the lump in my throat almost choked me!! My only reservation with the Jessye Norman recording is it's length, approximately 2 minutes longer than the Renee Fleming recording and I felt it rather laborious. Her control though is I agree without fault. So, yes all three recordings I have are excellent, but, of the three I will opt for Fleming as my preferred. M.H.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Bezza on 5 Oct. 2009
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Not only has Jessye Norman, for my money, one of the most beautiful voices ever recorded - comfortably on a par with Caruso and Gigli and exceeding the likes even of Tebaldi and Pryce for sheer beauty of tone - but a depth of intelligence and perception that is rare in any performing artist, and extremely rare in a singer. Put these two qualities together and you have something that gives me the feeling of being in the presence of some profound truth; something elemental and inexpressible through other other medium or by any other combination of artists. Even Pavarotti in his finest years - arguably the most purely beautiful tenor voice ever recorded - would have been doing well to get a job sweeping the stage in this company.

In this programme, Norman has a repertoire that allows a great artist, at the peak of her powers, acres of space in which to explore and reveal her art, partnered by Kurt Masur's perceptive and delicate handling of the marvellous Gewandhausorchester. This is a performance that must sit with a tiny handful of others at the very pinnacle of recording history. Up there with Kleiber's Beethoven 5&7 with the Vienna Philharmonic or the Britten/Vishnevskaya/Pears/Fischer-Dieskau War Requiem. There is nothing to fault here, and much that is thankfully beyond my powers of intellectual and emotional comprehension. I can't imagine that even Strauss' wildest fantasy could have imagined a performance of his Four Last Songs that could achieve these dimensions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dilettante on 16 Dec. 2011
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The Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss are beautiful compositions set to poems. The songs are sung in German.

I have seen them performed live by three different sopranos in the last two years, including Renee Fleming at the Royal Festival Hall on Wednesday evening, and each time I am moved just as much by the music as the singing.

Most debate seems to concern which soprano delivers the best rendition. Well the truth is they are all good! My preference is for the Elizabeth Schwarskopf version but that is probably because it was the first version I bought and I always think that creates a personal bias.

Jessye Norman's is a fine performance. She has a strong voice and there is great feeling in her interpretation. My only reservation is that the recording does sound just a little bit dated.

If you are yet to hear the 'four last songs' then at £2.99 dive in here. You will not be disappointed.
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