Richard Strauss: Letzte Lieder (Last Songs) Eine Alpensinfonie (DVD)

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Richard Strauss: Letzte Lieder (Last Songs) Eine Alpensinfonie (DVD)
Composers:
Richard Strauss
Wolfgang Rihm
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Conductor: Christian Thielemann
Artists:
Anja Harteros
Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden 
Label: Naxos of America
Language: German
Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese
Region: B/2
Run time: 103 mins.
Number of discs: 1

Staatskapelle Dresden has a special relationship with composer, Richard Strauss. Many of his compositions had their world premiere there and in fact, Strauss dedicated Eine Alpensinfonie  (An Alpine Symphony) to the Dresden orchestra.

This recording features world-renowned conductor, Christian Thielemann and German operatic soprano, Anja Harteros performing Strauss’s Vier Letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs) written in 1948 when the composer was 84.

Referred to as the “soprano of the century” or “the Stradivari of voices”, Anja Harteros brilliantly captivates the listener with each of the four pieces: Frühling (Spring), September, Beim Schlafengehen (When Falling Asleep) and Im Abendrot (At Sunset).

Also on the program are Ernster Gesang (Serious Song )– composed in 1966 by Wolfgang Rihm – and the German premiere of the last completed Strauss song, Mallows, in an orchestral version. It was arranged specifically for Staatskapelle Dresden by Wolfgang Rihm.
 

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