Strauss - Four Last Songs (World Première) Import
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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.
The geatest Wagner in my substantial collection.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Kirsten Flagstaff - wonderful singer and wonderful Strauss music. Can't be beaten.Published 5 months ago by kathleen Smyth
For a fan of Jessye Norman and Barbara Hendricks, this is an interesting difference in style. The voice is lighter than the other two but the technique is faultless.Published on 28 Jun. 2013 by Diane Clifford
I have long wanted the 4 last songs premier to add to my collection,but I cannot recommend thisversion. Read morePublished on 25 Nov. 2010 by george