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  Strauss: Four Last Songs, Wagner: Prelude & Liebestod - Runnicles
  Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs, Tod und Verklarung Op. 24, Wagner: Prelude & Liebestod from "Tristan und Isolde"

Christine Brewer (soprano)
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Donald Runnicles (conductor)
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Review by thepilot September 20, 2006 (10 of 11 found this review helpful)
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The good news first: here we have a true Wagner/Strauss voice that soars above the stave so easily and does the big crescento in Beim Schlafengehen so splendidly, that one is reminded of Jessye Norman's rendition for Philips (with Masur). Yes the voice is a true miracle of an operatic soprano at her prime, and the only thing we can do is really enjoy the Four Last Songs.
The Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde is also very very good, but here we have a more calculated rendition, one that surely does not banish the memory of the great Wagner voices of the past (Birgit Nillson in particular).
Tod und Verklarung is glorious and the orchestra play like angels in a very germanic, a very Wagnerian way, dark, brooding, menacing, this is all splendidly done.
The sound is absolutely perfect and the new ribbon mics that Telarc uses now for voices, are really good, that is Christine Brewer appears magically in front of you, of course if your system can cope with the wide dymanic range.
Tha bad news? We want more of this, that is splendid performances in perfect sound from Telarc and not one SACD every two months.

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Richard Strauss - 4 Letzte Lieder (Last Songs), TrV 296
Richard Strauss - Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration), TrV 158 Op. 24
Richard Wagner - Tristan und Isolde, WWV 90