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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 are

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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.

Product Details

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

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Tracks

  1. Der Rosenkavalier, opera, Op. 59: Da geht er hin
  2. Der Rosenkavalier, opera, Op. 59 (TrV 227): Ach, du bist wieder da!
  3. Der Rosenkavalier, opera, Op. 59 (TrV 227): Die Zeit, die ist ein sonderbar Ding
  4. Der Rosenkavalier, opera, Op. 59 (TrV 227): Ich hab ihn nicht einmal geküßt
  5. Der Rosenkavalier, opera, Op. 59 (TrV 227): Marie Theres! - Hab mirs gelobt
  6. Der Rosenkavalier, opera, Op. 59 (TrV 227): Ist ein Traum
  7. Arabella, opera, Op. 79 (TrV 263): Ich danke, Fräulein
  8. Capriccio, opera, Op. 85 (TrV 279): Moonlight music / Closing scene
  9. Capriccio, opera, Op. 85 (TrV 279): Wo ist mein Bruder

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Strauss Heroines 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD contains probably the best vocal music Strauss ever wrote. The conductor's interpretation is excellent, and the other two sopranos are marvelous. It's just too bad Renee Fleming had to sing with such a syrupy voice. She's trying to emote through the music, but she mangles the delicate phrases with trying too much, and her voice does not sound very clean. If you ignore the exaggerated glissandi, this is a marvelous recording. Get this recording, listen to it, and try to find another that duplicates the elegant expressive tempo, minus the soprano histrionics.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thank you Renée! You've introduced to me to a whole new world of opera I never got to explore before I heard this recording. It's outstanding!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago