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Strauss: Four Last Songs, Etc / Schwarzkopf, Szell

Strauss,R. / Schwarzkopf,Elisabeth
Release Date: 01/24/2012 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 87318   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Performer:  Elisabeth SchwarzkopfEdith Peinemann
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony OrchestraLondon Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Works on This Recording

1.
Four Last Songs, AV 150 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1948; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1965 
Venue:  Grünewald Church, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 22 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: German 
2.
Lieder (3), Op. 43: no 2, Muttertändelei by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 09/1965 
Venue:  Grünewald Church, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: German 
3.
Lieder (8), Op. 49: no 1, Waldseligkeit by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1965 
Venue:  Grünewald Church, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: German 
4.
Lieder (8), Op. 10: no 1, Zueignung by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1965 
Venue:  Grünewald Church, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: German 
5.
Lieder (5), Op. 48: no 1, Freundliche Vision by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 09/1965 
Venue:  Grünewald Church, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: German 
6.
Lieder (6), Op. 56: no 6, Die heiligen drei Könige by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1906; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1965 
Venue:  Grünewald Church, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: German 
7.
Lieder (4), Op. 27: no 1, Ruhe, meine Seele by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1968 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: German 
8.
Lieder (6), Op. 37: no 3, Meinem Kinde by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1968 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: German 
9.
Lieder (5), Op. 41: no 1, Wiegenlied by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1968 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: German 
10.
Lieder (4), Op. 27: no 4, Morgen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Edith Peinemann (Violin), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1968 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: German 
11.
Lieder (3), Op. 88: no 1, Das Bächlein by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1933; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1968 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: German 
12.
Lieder (4), Op. 36: no 1, Das Rosenband by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1968 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: German 
13.
Lieder (5), Op. 48: no 4, Winterweihe by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 09/1968 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: German 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 HABE DANK! March 28, 2014 By M. McLachlan-Sanger (Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia) See All My Reviews "Habe Dank, indeed, for this wonderful CD! I own many versions of the Four Last Songs, all sung by excellent artists, but this version is a very special one and I believe it is a definitive one. At its core is, of course, the performance of the Four Last Songs. The long practice of presenting these songs together makes it almost impossible to conceive of one without the other three- so united are they stylistically and thematically, both musically and in the subject matter and metaphor of the poetry itself. How then does one choose selections to complete a programme without jarring the radiant integrity of those songs? The thoughtful selection of the five other Strauss songs which complete this particular programme creates a unified "world" of words and music, and really makes this disc one to own. The choosing and planning here is very reminiscent of the exquisite care which Elisabeth Schwarkopf gave to her own live concert programmes. The collaboration of Madam Schwarzkopf and Maestro Szell is magical. The music is let loose to soar to the heavens as it should. Schwarzkopf brings a brilliant musicianship and intelligence to all nine selections. Never is diction sacrificed for tone, nor tone for diction - words and music come into their own, fully, as though they were one and the same, conceived together. It is rare to have this experience and it is because of Strauss' genius in composition and Schwarzkop's deep understanding of and her ability to maintain the radiant glory of this connection that we are given it here. While the Four Last Songs are certainly meditations on the near presence of death, they are also meditations on life, on living life through beauty and art and love. Death diminishes nothing, in these meditations. The first song of the last five on the disc, “Muttertändelei” is a mother’s contemplation on her unconditional love for her child. It is happy and humorous , but it is this song that leads the way to the child in the last one of these songs and if listen carefully the path to the end is there, in words and music . “Waldesligkeit,” “Zueignugn’”and “Freundliche Vision “ all relate directly to the themes set out in the Four, both poetically and musically. The last song of the collection is "Die Heiligen Drei Könige". It is so small a song, and yet it is positioned to fully bring the themes of the collection contained on this disc to full circle. It tells the story of the the journey of the three Kings and their long search for Bethlehem. They followed the golden star, and arrived at "Joseph's house". Inside, the little ox bellowed, and the baby cried. We all know about that infant and what the end of his story will be. And yet, what is it that the Three Kings do in Strauss and Heine's telling? They SANG, they sang in joy and wonderment and ecstatic surrender . Here again, words and music are perfectly bound, and with the Kings, the heavens sing, all of creation sings - and sings forever." Report Abuse
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