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4.0 out of 5 stars 9.25 out of 10! Lovely orchestral playing & Schwarzkopf at her final blooming!, 1 April 2007
This review is from: Strauss - Four Last Songs 12 Orchestral Songs (Audio CD)
9.25 out of 10! Lovely orchestral playing & Schwarzkopf at her final blooming! Never been totally sold on Schwarzkopf but she sounds great here. I actually like Rothenberger & Previn as my first choice in 4 last songs (starting dully they build to a fantastic performance at the close) with Della Casa a close second and then there is the Popp alternative, the Juranic, the Janowitz I don't have but should, I used to have Kiri on LP.... I have the earlier Schwarzkopf and comparing them is interesting, both have something to offer, I prefer the orchestral sound here which is bewitchingly good! One or two of the orchestral songs are not so good especially Zueignung, which is a little beyond her command, 50+ years when it was recorded. Diction with Schwarzkopf was always interesting, in Rosenkavalier she plays the prefect Marschalin due in part to her Viennese diction/accent but elsewhere such as here it can sound just a tad affected but perhaps its just her Prussian origins?!
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