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R. Strauss: Don Juan, Vier Letzte Lieder, Etc / Masur, Voigt


Release Date: 06/08/1999 
Label:  Teldec   Catalog #: 25990   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Performer:  Deborah Voigt
Conductor:  Kurt Masur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Although made up of familiar works, this disc is an imaginative commemoration of Richard Strauss on the 50th anniversary of his death (it was released at the end of 1998). Two contrasting early tonepoems are followed by the magical Four Last Songs of nearly 60 years later. The final song movingly quotes the theme of ‘the ideal’ from Death and Transfiguration at the words ‘Is this perhaps death?’ And, as David Nice points out in his excellent notes, the sensual Don Juan was written as Strauss was getting to know his future wife Pauline, a singer who was to influence his soprano writing. These are live performances (though without applause) given in Avery Fisher Hall, New York, in December 1997; the recording succeeds in balancing Read more clarity with a coherent full-orchestra sound. The New York Philharmonic is on good form, with some brilliant string playing, beautiful violin and horn solos, and very few lapses. Masur leads well-shaped, well-controlled performances, with a convincing collapse at the end of Don Juan and a glowing ending to its companion-piece."

-- Anthony Burton, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1. Don Juan, Op. 20 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Kurt Masur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Germany 
2. Four Last Songs, AV 150 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Deborah Voigt (Soprano)
Conductor:  Kurt Masur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1948; Germany 
3. Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Kurt Masur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Germany 

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