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A stunningly beautiful offering from a bright rising star.,
This review is from: Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs (Audio CD)
My father spent his latter years saying of (then) new interpretations of music he loved, "it's nowhere near as good as (in his case)Elisabeth Schumann etc.). As I suppose most of us do, I had turned into my father! For the last twenty years no-one, except possibly Lisa della Casa, came anywhere close to Elisabeth Schwarzkopf's recording of the wonderful Four last Songs. Quite simply, this comes very, very close; in fact the last two are, in my opinion, better. The Orchestral playing is full of richness and sensitivity too. The other 11 tracks range from the very pretty to the heart-rendingly beautiful (tracks 9 and 10 particularly.)
I once read a review on this site describing the voice of Maria Cristina Kiehr as being like seeing the sun reflected through a glass of cool Chardonnay! Well, if that's not over the top, I would carry on the analogy by saying, in this case, think "griottes". The orchestral playing is as rich as the best dark chocolate,the music has all the warmth of Cherry Brandy, but inside, instead of a cherry, we have a radiant shining ruby in Isokoski's voice. Thank you Ondine, this CD is a wonder!
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Initial post: 2 Oct 2009 15:19:20 BDT
J. Severidt says:
I couldn't agree more. May I recommend Soile Isokoski's Schubert recital, too? It sells on this site as "Schubert: Lieder Recital includes Der Hirt auf dem Felsen [Import]" ASIN: B000009KLQ. Here, for once, is a soprano who refuses to overdo it, and achieves the more because of it.
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