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Strauss - Four Last Songs (World Première) Import

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  • Performer: Kirsten Flagstad
  • Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
  • Composer: Richard Strauss, Richard Wagner
  • Audio CD (5 Mar. 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Testament
  • ASIN: B000O59Z0C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,679 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Beim Schlafengehen
  2. September
  3. Fruehling
  4. Im Abendrot
  5. Prelude
  6. Mild und leise wie er laechelt
  7. Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey (Prologue)
  8. Starke Scheite schichtet mir dort...

Product Description

Strauss : 4 derniers Lieder - Wagner : Prélude & Mort d'Isolde (Tristan & Isolde) - Prologue "Voyage de Siegfried sur le Rhin" et Scène finale de l'Acte 3 (Crépuscule des Dieux) / Kirsten Flagstad, sop. - Philharmonia Orchestra - Dir. Wilhelm Furtwängler

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I bought this today having heard a review on BBC Radio 3. I had heard about this recording many years ago and had always hoped too at least hear it. I have 5 or 6 versions of the Four Last Songs and get something from all of them. But this is very special, the singing is sublime as is the orchestral playing. The sound, considering that the source is of poor quality, is excellent. Flagstad's voice soars above the orchestra and she is totally immersed in the songs. The Wagner pieces are equally good. Concerts like this come along every now and again and I am so glad that a recording was made. Thanks to Testament, they have done a great job of restoring this performance.
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I am highly enthusiastic about this disc. Most listeners will have their own favourites among singers for Richard Strauss' "Four Last Songs" and it will be difficult to shift strong loyalties away from, say, Jessye Norman, Renee Fleming, Lisa della Casa or Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, but Nina Stemme, a Swedish dramatic soprano, currently singing the title role in "Ariadne auf Naxos" at the Met, offers powerful yet radiant performances of all three Strauss pieces on this disc, most especially of the "Four Last Songs".

It has become traditional for the "Four Last Songs" to be given to voices of a creamy and particularly lyrical character, and for the orchestral accompaniment to be made atmospheric and etherial to underline the sentiments of the poetry of Eichendorff and Hesse. But the first singer of the piece at its premiere under Furtwangler was Kirsten Flagstad, a powerfully dramatic soprano, later to be renowned for her singing of Isolde. Likewise, Nina Stemme, who has sung that role to great acclaim. Stemme's young and strongly-projected singing, supported by Antonio Pappano's taut direction of the orchestra, link this late masterpiece of Strauss explicitly to the work of his entire composing career in a highly satisfying manner.

The other pieces on the disc are tailor-made for this singer. Highly recommended.
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I could not believe it when I picked up this disc in my local music store to see my favourite music by Strauss on one CD. The first thing I thought is how is Nina Stemme going to pull off each of these selections. The answer is unfortunately, much to my expectations, she excels in the Salome scene, while the remainder of the CD shows her to a bit of a disadvantage. She sings the Countess's Final Scene music well enough, but just like the 4 Last Songs, she lacks the inner-most feeling and cannot penetrate the music like Fleming or Schwarzkopf. Her vibrato also seems to get in the way of most of the music, although it seems to work better in the Salome Final Scene than anywhere else. Pappano and ROH Orchestra provide worthy accompaniment.
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The sound is aweful, but the Immolation scene is totally fab.
The geatest Wagner in my substantial collection.
Austen Biss
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I originally heard a few songs from an old film "The year of living dangerously" and was enchanted. This album does not disappoint and offers a unique series of songs which one might not usually associate with Strauss.
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My fourth choice but still a lovely recording
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