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My Desert Island disc par excellence
on 9 January 2009
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.