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Strauss: Four Last Songs, Etc / Karajan, Janowitz, Berlin Po

Release Date: 01/23/1996 
Label:  Dg The Originals Catalog #: 447422   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Performer:  Gundula Janowitz
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"...In spite of strong challenges from far and wide, the singing of [the Four Last Songs] by Gundula Janowitz has still not been surpassed for Straussian opulence and tenderness—I emphasize 'in my opinion', for people feel passionately about interpretation of this work!—and Karajan conducts a near-ideal account of the orchestral score..." -- Gramophone [12/1988, reviewing DG 423888]

" Metamorphosen...is a work I have loved, on paper, as a concept, for nearly thirty years but which I had long since written off... All that changed when I first heard Karajan's magisterial recording. For weeks...I played that disc, passed through the eyes-uplifted-in-wonder stage, went well beyond the
Read more catch-in-throat-and-tingle-on-the-spinal-cord phase..." -- Glenn Gould [1976]
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Works on This Recording

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1972 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 26 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: German 
Four Last Songs, AV 150 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Gundula Janowitz (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1948; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1973 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 22 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: German 
Metamorphosen for 23 solo Strings, AV 142 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1945; Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/1969 
Venue:  French Church, St Moritz 
Length: 27 Minutes 30 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Tod und Verklärung, Op.24
Metamorphosen For 23 Solo Strings
Vier letzte Lieder: 1. Frühling
Vier letzte Lieder: 2. September
Vier letzte Lieder: 3. Beim Schlafengehen
Vier letzte Lieder: 4. Im Abendrot

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 WOW!! November 29, 2012 By DR J W. (WOORI YALLOCK, VIC) See All My Reviews "This revival of 1971 performances of Von Karajan conducting the Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra is stunning.Maybe ,like excellent wine, it gets better with age.The Death and Transfiguration is smooth and atmospheric. Richard Srauss's music is given full reign in the Metamorphosis, the Berlin strings taking on a magic mantle which is wondrous to hear. The highlight of this disc is the Four Last Songs, with Soprano Gundula Janowitz. This flawless voice has a beautifully rounded sound, with plenty of power, yet well controlled. The depth of her voice is astounding, and overall the sound produced resembles a bell.It is thrilling. In comparing her to the Schwarzkopf recording, the latter is harsh and even allowing for the mono recording, Schwarzkopf's voice is thin in comparison. Lucia Popp made an excellent recording but it falls short here, and no wonder. This has my highest recommenation." Report Abuse
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