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Strauss: Four Last Songs; Wagner: Wesendonk Lieder Original recording remastered


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  • Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, London Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Kurt Masur, Colin Davis
  • Composer: Richard Strauss, Richard Wagner
  • Audio CD (12 Mar 2001)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B0000523QL
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,709 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. R. Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder - 1. FrühlingKurt Masur 3:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. R. Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder - 2. SeptemberKurt Masur 5:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. R. Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder - 3. Beim SchlafengehenKurt Masur 6:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. R. Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder - 4. Im AbendrotKurt Masur 9:53£1.09  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Wagner: Wesendonk Lieder - Five Poems for Female Voice - Der EngelLondon Symphony Orchestra 3:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Wagner: Wesendonk Lieder - Five Poems for Female Voice - Stehe stillLondon Symphony Orchestra 4:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Wagner: Wesendonk Lieder - Five Poems for Female Voice - Im TreibhausLondon Symphony Orchestra 7:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Wagner: Wesendonk Lieder - Five Poems for Female Voice - SchmerzenLondon Symphony Orchestra 2:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Wagner: Wesendonk Lieder - Five Poems for Female Voice - TräumeLondon Symphony Orchestra 4:53£0.79  Buy MP3 

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Sloane on 24 Aug 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is the definitive recording of "Four Last Songs". No-one else achieves that unearthly quality, that enormous sound, the rich, amazing tone that Jessye Norman brings to these beautiful songs. I have tried everyone else's renditions but I keep coming back to Jessye's; it doesn't get any better than this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Senta on 30 July 2010
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I've tried to keep an open mind when listening to other recordings of the Four Last Songs but no other singer has ever come close to Jessye Norman's performance. Wagner's Wesendonk sit well alongside the Strauss and for those who don't know Wagner's songs are an excellent introduction.

Beautiful music beautifully sung.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Luca on 8 Mar 2012
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This CD unifies the "cores" (evidently in Philips opinion) of two (or three, counting the original issue of Strauss' Lieder) other issues. From these two R Strauss: Four Last Songs - Strauss, R.: Four Last Songs etc are omitted 6 other Strauss' Orchesterlieder, from this one Wagner : Tristan und Isolde & Wesendonk - Lieder /Jessye Norman are omitted the Tristan und Isolde Prelude and Isoldes Liebestod. The Wagner's Wesendonk Lieder gain the Super Digital Transfer (96kHz-24bit). Indeed, the result is a CD a bit empty (47'41"), but here the matter is quality and not quantity.

Strauss' four last songs are absolute masterpieces. The lyrics of three of them are by Hermann Hesse (one of my favorite writers and poets); the lines of the fourth lied are by Joseph von Eichendorff. Therefore, the mastery and the mellow artistry of the last Richard Strauss (here saying a serene adieu to his earthly experience and preparing to the next life of his soul) joined to the high poetry of Hesse/Eichendorff create the miracle.

In my opinion Wagner's lieder stay, from an artistic point of view, one or two steps below. Mathilde Wesendonk's lyrics are quite good and touching, but obviously hers is an amateur poetry and it suffers a bit from mannerism and a Decadent posture. The orchestration is not by Wagner, but by Felix Mottl. He is an excellent Wagnerian specialist and a gifted musician, but the orchestral effect lacks the involving density and originality of the Master.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marlborev on 30 Sep 2013
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I realise there is room for a sensible debate about how the Strauss Four Last Songs should be done - small-scale pianistic intimate versus large-scale orchestral operatic - but if you are going to do them 'big' I'm not sure this offering from Jessye Norman could be bettered - majestic, soaring, ravishingly beautiful, deeply moving. Once you accept it as a valid interpretation, which I'm glad to do - marvellous!
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By CFH on 12 April 2014
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Glorious soothing music!
Jessye at her best - just the music to enjoy on a summer's day or even a gloomy day in winter.
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