Strauss Heroines

Strauss Heroines

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by Renée Fleming
     
 

Renée Fleming's voice, with its balanced blend of youthful luster and full-blossomed maturity, is ideally suited to Richard Strauss's music. Her recording of the composer's "Four Last Songs," with Christoph Eschenbach conducting, is among the best ever. Soprano and conductor areSee more details below

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Renée Fleming's voice, with its balanced blend of youthful luster and full-blossomed maturity, is ideally suited to Richard Strauss's music. Her recording of the composer's "Four Last Songs," with Christoph Eschenbach conducting, is among the best ever. Soprano and conductor are together again for this ravishing new album of scenes from Strauss's operas. Fleming imbues each of these three heroines with dignity, grace, and depth of character. The success of her portrayals is aided considerably by colleagues like up-and-coming mezzo-soprano Susan Graham (an impetuous yet elegant Octavian in "Der Rosenkavalier") and soprano Barbara Bonney (superb in both "Rosenkavalier" and "Arabella"). Eschenbach deserves special mention. Under his direction, the Vienna Philharmonic provides an expressive emotional subtext to every dramatic situation. There's nothing routine about his music-making. The radically slow tempo he chooses for the final trio of "Der Rosenkavalier" is a musical risk that pays off handsomely, thanks to the singers' superb musicianship and breathtaking technical control. Never has this scene sounded so rapturous. Even if Fleming's interpretations of the Marschallin's monologue in "Der Rosenkavalier" and the final scene of "Capriccio" don't erase memories of Elisabeth Schwarzkopf's heartbreakingly poignant accounts, this recording has a radiance and profound beauty all its own.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/1999
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028946631423
catalogNumber:
466314
Rank:
97724

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Tracks

  1. Der Rosenkavalier, opera, Op. 59: Da geht er hin  - Richard Strauss  -  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  - Walter Berry  - Barbara Bonney  - Christoph Eschenbach  - Renée Fleming  - Susan Graham  - Hugo von Hofmannsthal  -  Clemens Krauss  - Johannes Chum
  2. Der Rosenkavalier, opera, Op. 59 (TrV 227): Ach, du bist wieder da!  - Richard Strauss  -  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  - Walter Berry  - Barbara Bonney  - Christoph Eschenbach  - Renée Fleming  - Susan Graham  - Hugo von Hofmannsthal  -  Clemens Krauss  - Johannes Chum
  3. Der Rosenkavalier, opera, Op. 59 (TrV 227): Die Zeit, die ist ein sonderbar Ding  - Richard Strauss  -  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  - Walter Berry  - Barbara Bonney  - Christoph Eschenbach  - Renée Fleming  - Susan Graham  - Hugo von Hofmannsthal  -  Clemens Krauss  - Johannes Chum
  4. Der Rosenkavalier, opera, Op. 59 (TrV 227): Ich hab ihn nicht einmal geküßt  - Richard Strauss  -  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  - Walter Berry  - Barbara Bonney  - Christoph Eschenbach  - Renée Fleming  - Susan Graham  - Hugo von Hofmannsthal  -  Clemens Krauss  - Johannes Chum
  5. Der Rosenkavalier, opera, Op. 59 (TrV 227): Marie Theres! - Hab mirs gelobt  - Richard Strauss  -  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  - Walter Berry  - Barbara Bonney  - Christoph Eschenbach  - Renée Fleming  - Susan Graham  - Hugo von Hofmannsthal  -  Clemens Krauss  - Johannes Chum
  6. Der Rosenkavalier, opera, Op. 59 (TrV 227): Ist ein Traum  - Richard Strauss  -  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  - Walter Berry  - Barbara Bonney  - Christoph Eschenbach  - Renée Fleming  - Susan Graham  - Hugo von Hofmannsthal  -  Clemens Krauss  - Johannes Chum
  7. Arabella, opera, Op. 79 (TrV 263): Ich danke, Fräulein  - Richard Strauss  -  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  - Walter Berry  - Barbara Bonney  - Christoph Eschenbach  - Renée Fleming  - Susan Graham  - Hugo von Hofmannsthal  -  Clemens Krauss  - Johannes Chum
  8. Capriccio, opera, Op. 85 (TrV 279): Moonlight music / Closing scene  - Richard Strauss  -  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  - Walter Berry  - Barbara Bonney  - Christoph Eschenbach  - Renée Fleming  - Susan Graham  - Hugo von Hofmannsthal  -  Clemens Krauss  - Johannes Chum
  9. Capriccio, opera, Op. 85 (TrV 279): Wo ist mein Bruder  - Richard Strauss  -  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  - Walter Berry  - Barbara Bonney  - Christoph Eschenbach  - Renée Fleming  - Susan Graham  - Hugo von Hofmannsthal  -  Clemens Krauss  - Johannes Chum

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