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R. Strauss: Four Last Songs / Renée Fleming


Release Date: 09/16/2008 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001185102   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Performer:  Renée Fleming
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



A richer-voiced return to the Last Songs – and the opera arias throw up thrills, too

Is it me, or has Renée Fleming’s tone acquired some intriguing new colours? There’s an earthy depth to her voice now, a coppery beauty. Of course the top is still as rapt as ever and she delivers some gorgeous singing in the Four Last Songs (though she can’t match the emotional complexity of recent rivals). The opera scenes are, however, knockouts.

-- Gramophone [11/2008]


A richer-voiced return to the Last Songs – and the opera arias throw up thrills, too

Is it me, or has Renée Fleming’s tone acquired some intriguing new colours? There’s an earthy depth to her voice now, a coppery beauty. Of course the top is still as rapt as ever and she delivers some gorgeous singing in the Four Last Songs (though she can’t match the emotional complexity of recent rivals). The opera scenes are, however, knockouts.

-- Gramophone [11/2008]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Four Last Songs, AV 150 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1948; Germany 
Length: 20 Minutes 59 Secs. 
2.
Ariadne auf Naxos, Op. 60: Wo war ich? by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911/1916; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
3.
Ariadne auf Naxos, Op. 60: Ein schönes war by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911/1916; Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 33 Secs. 
4.
Ariadne auf Naxos, Op. 60: Es gibt ein Reich by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911/1916; Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 55 Secs. 
5.
Gesänge (4), Op. 33: no 1, Verführung by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 13 Secs. 
6.
Lieder (5), Op. 48: no 1, Freundliche Vision by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
7.
Lieder (5), Op. 48: no 4, Winterweihe by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
8.
Lieder (8), Op. 10: no 1, Zueignung by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
9.
Die ägyptische Helena, Op. 75: Zweite Brautnacht, Zaubernacht "Helen's Awakening" by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1923-1927; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Four Last Songs: Beim Schlafengehen
Lieder, op 10: No 1: Zueignung

Sound Samples

Vier letzte Lieder: 1. Frühling
Vier letzte Lieder: 2. September
Vier letzte Lieder: 3. Beim Schlafengehen
Vier letzte Lieder: 4. Im Abendrot
Ariadne auf Naxos, Op.60 / Opera: Ach! Ach! Wo war ich? Tot?
Ariadne auf Naxos, Op.60 / Opera: Ein schönes war: hieß Theseus
Ariadne auf Naxos, Op.60 / Opera: "Es gibt ein Reich"
Vier Gesänge, Op.33: 1. Verführung
Fünf Lieder, Op.48: 1. Freundliche Vision
Fünf Lieder, Op.48: 4. Winterweihe
Acht Lieder aus Letzte Blätter, Op.10: 1. Zueignung
Die Ägyptische Helena / Act 2: Zweite Brautnacht!

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