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Strauss: Four Last Songs, Capriccio & Arabella Excerpts / Schwarzkopf


Release Date: 04/20/2004 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 85825   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Performer:  Elisabeth SchwarzkopfAnny FelbermayerJosef MetternichWalter Berry,   ... 
Conductor:  Otto AckermannLovro von Matacic
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Schwarzkopf’s 1953 recording is still very much among the most prized versions of this music, authoritative with regard to both vocalism and keenly observed interpretation, and to my mind far preferable to her 1965 stereo remake with George Szell and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, which found her in less firm voice, with the first song transposed a half-tone down. (More important and consistently involving from the mid-1960s Schwarzkopf/Szell collaboration are the other Strauss orchestral songs recorded with the Bavarian Radio Symphony and also with the London Symphony Orchestra, all of them wonderfully sung, and distinguished also by Szell’s crystalline, richly textured, rhythmically precise accompaniments. These have been issued Read more at least twice on CD, on a single disc with the 1965 Four Last Songs remake.) The vulnerability of timbre that’s so meaningful an asset of Schwarzkopf’s 1953 Four Last Songs is equally important, along with her ease of expression and interpretive acumen, to the success of her thoroughly convincing Arabella excerpts recorded the following year. For the present reissue in the “EMI Classics Historical” series, these excerpts have been expanded to include one further number from the original “highlights” LP that was not included on the earlier “Great Recordings of the Century” CD (Arabella’s leave-taking of her admirers other than Mandryka).

-- Marc Mandel, FANFARE [5/2005]
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Works on This Recording

1. Four Last Songs, AV 150 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Ackermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1948; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1953 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 20 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: German 
2. Capriccio, Op. 85: Morgenmittag um elf! by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Otto Ackermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1940-1941; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1953 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 17 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: German 
3. Arabella, Op. 79: Ich danke, Fräulein by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Anny Felbermayer (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lovro von Matacic
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929-1932; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/06/1954 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: German 
4. Arabella, Op. 79: Mein Elemer...Nach dem Matteo by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Anny Felbermayer (Soprano), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lovro von Matacic
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929-1932; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/06/1954 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: German 
5. Arabella, Op. 79: Sie woll'n mich heiraten...So wie Sie sind by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Josef Metternich (Baritone), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lovro von Matacic
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/06/1954 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Composition written: Germany (1929 - 1932). 
6. Arabella, Op. 79: Und jetzt sag' ich adieu by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Walter Berry (Bass), Harald Pröglhöf (Baritone),
Murray Dickie (Tenor)
Conductor:  Lovro von Matacic
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929-1932; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/06/1954 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: German 
7. Arabella, Op. 79: Das war sehr gut, Mandryka by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Josef Metternich (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lovro von Matacic
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929-1932; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/06/1954 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Vier letzte Lieder AV150 (Op. posth) (2000 Digital Remaster): 1. Frühling (Hesse)
Vier letzte Lieder AV150 (Op. posth) (2000 Digital Remaster): 2. September (Hesse)
Vier letzte Lieder AV150 (Op. posth) (2000 Digital Remaster): 3. Beim Schlafengehen (Hesse)
Vier letzte Lieder AV150 (Op. posth) (2000 Digital Remaster): 4. Im Abendrot (Eichendorff)
Morgen mittag um elf! (Gräfin) from Capriccio Op. 85 (2000 Digital Remaster)
Arabella (2000 Digital Remaster): Akt 1: Ich danke, Fräulein (Arabella/Zdenka)
Arabella (2000 Digital Remaster): Akt 1, Finale: Mein Elemer! (Arabella/Zdenka)
Arabella (2000 Digital Remaster): Akt 2: Sie wollen mich heiraten (Arabella/Mandryka)
Arabella (2000 Digital Remaster): Akt 2: Und jetzt sag' ich adieu (Arabella/Domink/Elemer/Lamoral)
Arabella (2000 Digital Remaster): Akt 3, Finale: Das war sehr gut, Mandryka (Arabella/Mandryka)

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