R Strauss - Vier letzte Lieder (LP) | Warner 2564604964

R Strauss - Vier letzte Lieder (LP)

Label: Warner

Cat No: 2564604964

Format: LP

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 16th October 2015



Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano)
Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin


George Szell


Strauss, Richard

Lieder (3), op.43 'Gesange alterer deutscher Dichter'
» no.2 Muttertandelei
Lieder (5), op.48
» no.1 Freundliche Vision
Lieder (6), op.56
» no.6 Die Heiligen drei Konigen
Lieder (8), op.10 TrV141 (Gedichte aus 'Letzte Blatter')
» no.1 Zueignung
Lieder (8), op.49
» no.1 Waldseligkeit
Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs), AV150


Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano)
Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin


George Szell


In 2015, we are celebrating the centenary of Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, one of the greatest singers of the 20th century. Warner Classics actively commemorates this centenary, starting with this LP re-release of her landmark recording of Straussí Four last songs, recorded in September 1965 under George Szellís direction.

The sublime and moving culmination of Richard Straussís love affair with the soprano voice, the Vier letzte Lieder are interpreted by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf with insight, wisdom and gentle radiance.

In the early years of his career, George Szell was mentored by Richard Strauss himself, and he provides Schwarzkopf with an exquisitely sensitive orchestral context for all nine songs in this classic anthology.

Whilst the original album programme has been kept, this LP reissue benefits from a new cover: the magnificent classic portrait shot of Elisabeth Schwarzkopf taken by Angus McBean at the peak of her beauty.

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