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Strauss: Four Last Songs, Etc; Wagner / Brewer, Et Al


Release Date: 08/15/2006 
Label:  Telarc   Catalog #: 80661   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Richard StraussRichard Wagner
Performer:  Christine Brewer
Conductor:  Donald Runnicles
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Donald Runnicles leads this fine program of shadowy, late-Romantic music with an assured hand. His Prelude to Tristan und Isolde is taken very broadly and with just the right feeling of desire; if you had to criticize, it would be for the very, very slow ending and the almost imperceptible entrance of the Liebestod. Christine Brewer sings the Liebestod and she is remarkable indeed; it may not build as inexorably or passionately as some, but it is a wonderful performance nonetheless, with Brewer riding over the superb Atlanta Symphony with ease.


The orchestra's performance of Tod und Verklärung is spectacular. In a score that loves to show off its lushness, Runnicles highlights not only that luxuriance, but fills
Read more it with vigor, intensity, grandeur and, simply, beauty--just listen to the gorgeous oboe solo near the start. You need not fear too much melodrama, however, and the transfiguration theme is presented near the end with utter ease and dignity.


Strauss' Four Last Songs have been well represented on CD, but Brewer's and Runnicles' reading is ravishing. Because Brewer's voice is in its prime, she can do almost anything with it; her long-spun phrases are as natural-sounding as the high-lying vocal line is arching and beautifully offered. The sound is excellent, with big voice and big orchestra perfectly balanced.
--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Donald Runnicles
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2006 
Venue:  Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, Georgia 
Length: 25 Minutes 41 Secs. 
2.
Four Last Songs, AV 150 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Christine Brewer (Soprano)
Conductor:  Donald Runnicles
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1948; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2006 
Venue:  Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, Georgia 
Length: 20 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: German 
3.
Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod (with voice) by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Christine Brewer (Soprano)
Conductor:  Donald Runnicles
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2006 
Venue:  Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, Georgia 
Length: 17 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: German 

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