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Discussion: Strauss: Four Last Songs - Schwarzkopf, Szell

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Post by hiredfox November 24, 2011 (11 of 13)
jazz1 said:

Or others personal preference

Hey! But you are right.

Post by beardawgs November 25, 2011 (12 of 13)
On today's count, I've got 17 recordings of Four Last Songs. Gundula Janowitz with Karajan is my all time favourite http://www.amazon.co.uk/Strauss-R-Verkl%C3%A4rung-Metamorphosen-letzte/dp/B000001GQF/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1322210322&sr=8-1 that has to be one of my favorite CDs as a whole - Metamorphosen here is just stunning and Gundula is at her most lyrical, floating effortlessly above the orchestra and Karajan is in his natural element.
This Schwarzkopf would probably be my second best, my only problem is her way with words (a native German speaker explained it to me once that she's got a strong Viennese accent apparently).
Two recordings of FLS I refuse to keep on the shelf are Kiri Te Kanawa with Solti (two reasons - 1. Kiri, 2. Solti) and Fleming with Eschenbach. I am yet to hear Fleming's more recent recording with Thielemann, she might have improved in the meantime, her Marschalin on Blu Ray (Thielemann again) was rather good.

Post by Esacede December 27, 2011 (13 of 13)
Ernani71 said:

This recording is beautiful. If there's a better Four Last Songs, I'd like to hear it. Renée Fleming doesn't come close.

My favorite is Jessye Norman and Kurt Masur and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig on Philips.

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