Strauss: Ein Heldenleben; Vier Letzte Lieder

Strauss: Ein Heldenleben; Vier Letzte Lieder

by Yannick Nézet-Séguin
     
 

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Approximately 50 years separated the composition of Richard Strauss' "Ein Heldenleben" and the "Vier Letzte Lieder," a period in which world events dramatically changed his career and his perception of himself. The hero of the semi-autobiographical tone poem is in part a reflection of the optimism and boldness of late 19th century Europe, an age of expanding empire… See more details below

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Approximately 50 years separated the composition of Richard Strauss' "Ein Heldenleben" and the "Vier Letzte Lieder," a period in which world events dramatically changed his career and his perception of himself. The hero of the semi-autobiographical tone poem is in part a reflection of the optimism and boldness of late 19th century Europe, an age of expanding empire and Nietzschean egotism, when the youthful Strauss was at the peak of his powers; whereas the introspection and resignation of the four songs show the composer in the aftermath of World War II, subdued, nostalgic, and approaching the end of his life. The pairing of these works reveals some thoughtfulness in the programming, and the performances by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra are fully attuned to the different sides of Strauss. The reading of "Ein Heldenleben" is lush, expansive, and full of the passion and assurance that make the work believable, while soprano Dorothea Röschmann delivers the lieder with sympathy and serenity and projects beautifully over the orchestra's radiant accompaniment. This SACD captures the music's richness and warmth in spacious multichannel sound and a wide dynamic range, and the clarity of the parts is superb in the DSD recording. Highly recommended for Strauss fans and as an introduction to his larger-than-life, late-Romantic style.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/23/2011
Label:
Bis
UPC:
7318599918808
catalogNumber:
1880
Rank:
107728

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Tracks

  1. Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs), for soprano & orchestra, o.Op. 150 (TrV 296, AV 150)  - Richard Strauss  - Joseph (Karl Benedikt) Freiherr von Eichendorff  - Hermann Hesse  -  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra  - Dorothea Röschmann  - Robert Suff  - Yannick Nézet-Séguin
  2. Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 40 (TrV 190)  - Richard Strauss  - Igor Gruppman  -  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra  - Robert Suff  - Yannick Nézet-Séguin

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