Strauss: Four Last Songs / Signature Roles at the Met Opera [2 CD Limited Edition]

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Editorial Reviews

BBC Music Magazine - Michael Scott Rohan
Thielemann is...a natural Straussian, powerful and luxuriant, and Fleming's voice has gained in distinctiveness and diction, to splendidly dramatic effect, often with a real 'float' at the top.... A strong contender and a genuine pleasure.
The Times (U.K.) - Geoff Brown
This version [of the Four Last Songs] stands out from all others. Christian Thielemann, conducting the Munich Philharmonic, has Strauss’s music in his blood, and his shaping of phrases and balancing of textures is gorgeously subtle.... I fell for [Fleming's] vibrant responses to each turn of music and text, projected in ...
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Editorial Reviews

BBC Music Magazine - Michael Scott Rohan
Thielemann is...a natural Straussian, powerful and luxuriant, and Fleming's voice has gained in distinctiveness and diction, to splendidly dramatic effect, often with a real 'float' at the top.... A strong contender and a genuine pleasure.
The Times (U.K.) - Geoff Brown
This version [of the Four Last Songs] stands out from all others. Christian Thielemann, conducting the Munich Philharmonic, has Strauss’s music in his blood, and his shaping of phrases and balancing of textures is gorgeously subtle.... I fell for [Fleming's] vibrant responses to each turn of music and text, projected in wonderful long breaths by a voice distinctive, warm and secure in every register.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/2008
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028948013203
  • Catalog Number: 001185202
  • Sales rank: 54,471

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 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 (21:39)
  2. 2 Ariadne auf Naxos, opera, Op. 60-II (TrV 228a) (revised version): Ach! Wo war ich? Tot? - Richard Strauss & Peggy Cochrane (2:25)
  3. 3 Ariadne auf Naxos, opera, Op. 60-II (TrV 228a) (revised version): Ein Schönes war: hieß Theseus - Ariadne - Richard Strauss & Peggy Cochrane (6:33)
  4. 4 Ariadne auf Naxos, opera, Op. 60-II (TrV 228a) (revised version): Es gibt ein Reich - Richard Strauss & Peggy Cochrane (5:55)
  5. 5 Verführung ("Der Tag, der schwüle"), song for voice & orchestra, Op. 33/1 (TrV 180/1) - Richard Strauss & Renée Fleming (7:13)
  6. 6 Freundliche Vision ("Nicht im Schlafe hab' ich das geträumt"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 48/1 (TrV 202/1) - Richard Strauss & Otto Julius Bierbaum (2:20)
  7. 7 Winterweihe ("In diesen Wintergarten"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 48/4 (TrV 202/4) - Richard Strauss & Renée Fleming (2:59)
  8. 8 Zueignung ("Ja, du weisst es, teur Seele"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 10/1 (TrV 141/1) - Richard Strauss & Gery Bramall (1:39)
  9. 9 Die Ägyptische Helena (The Egyptian Helen), opera, Op. 75 (TrV 255): Zweite Brautnacht! - Richard Strauss & Avril Bardoni (4:40)
  10. 10 Eugene Onegin, opera, Op. 24: Letter Scene - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Renée Fleming (13:01)
  11. 11 Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): O silver moon - Antonin Dvorák & Renée Fleming (6:46)
  12. 12 Otello, opera: Piangea cantando (Willow Song) ... Ave Maria - Giuseppe Verdi & Avril Bardoni (11:45)
  13. 13 Thaïs, lyric comedy in 3 acts: Ah! Je suis seule, seule enfin!...Dis-moi que je s - Jules Massenet & Renée Fleming (7:27)
  14. 14 Capriccio, opera, Op. 85 (TrV 279): Final Scene. Moonlight Music ... Wo ist mein Brude - Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra & Richard Strauss (24:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Renée Fleming Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    'Habe Dank!'

    This very generous two disc release has so many positive aspects that it hopefully will manage to garner the attention of music lovers around the world despite the negative comments being published in some quarters. Fame of an artist is accompanied by that very public eye and ear that references previous performances and recordings of repeated works as being superior to a new issue, and while that may gather the ire of some, it is simply part of the joy of encountering new performances: some boo, some shout Brava! Ren&#233 e Fleming is a bona fide star of the opera and concert stage, a physically beautiful woman with a soaring, rich, intelligent voice who manages to inhabit a number of roles that she makes her own - be those her signature Strauss roles or her favorite 'Rusalka' and 'Tha&#239 s'. For the opening songs on this 2008 live recording from Munich in collaboration with the superb Strauss conductor Christian Thielemann at the helm of the Munich Philharmonic Fleming offers the Strauss 'Four Last Songs'. Yes, they are different from her 1995 recording but thirteen years have passed and for this listener the depth of character in the poetry of these gorgeous songs is finer and the voice remains one of the few truly Straussian soprano voices before the public today. Plus, after the 'Four Last Songs' we are gifted with three excerpts form 'Ariadne auf Naxos' and these are impeccably performed as are the four songs that follow and the 'Zweite Brautnacht!' from Strauss' 'Die &#196 gyptische Helena' that conclude the 'concert'. Fleming and Thielemann are as superb a team for Strauss as one could imagine. The second CD on the package is called 'Signature Roles at the Met Opera' and these include Tchaikovsky's 'Letter Scene' form 'Eugen Onegin, Dvorak's 'O Silver moon' aria from 'Rusalka', and Verdi's 'Willow song/Ave Maria' from 'Otello' - with Fleming accompanied by Sir Georg Solti and the London Symphony Orchestra 'Ah! Je suis seule...' from Massenet's 'Tha&#239 s' with Yves Abel conducting the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitane and the 'Mondscheinmusik' from Strauss' 'Capriccio' joined by Walter Berry and with Christoph Eschenbach and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. This is Fleming's realm and to have each of these special interpretations on one recording is a gift. Ren&#233 e Fleming is an extraordinary artist, a true diva, and this collection is a rich one. 'Habe dank!' Highly recommended. Grady Harp

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