Strauss: Four Last Songs / Renee Fleming
Renee Fleming Münchner Philharmoniker Christian Thielemann (conductor)
Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs; Ein schoenes war (Ariadne auf Naxos); Es gibt ein Reich (Ariadne auf Naxos); Zweite Brautnacht (Die Agyptische Helena); Freundliche Vision; Verfuehrung; Winterweihe; Zueignung
Gramophone Editor's Choice - November 2008 Renee Fleming, the world's leading lyric soprano, records the exquisitely beautiful Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss in a brand new recording. Fleming recorded these songs once before, ten years ago before she had ever sung them live. Since then, these enduringly popular showcases for the soprano voice have become signature pieces for Fleming and a regular and much-loved part of her concert repertoire. With years of experience of live performances behind her, Fleming is ready now to revisit these works, bringing more insight, fresh interpretations and greater maturity. She is conducted by Christian Thielemann, a renowned interpreter of Strauss, with the Münchner Philharmoniker. The disc also includes other Strauss scenes from his operas Ariadne auf Naxos and Die Agyptische Helena as well as Richard Strauss's songs Freundliche Vision, Verfuehrung, Winterweihe and Zueignung, several of which Fleming has sung live to critical acclaim.