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Strauss: Ein Heldenleben; Four Last Songs / Dorothea Röschmann, soprano

Album Summary

>Strauss, Richard : Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40
>Strauss, Richard : Four Last Songs, AV 150
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Magazine
Nézet-Séguin's portrait of the "Hero's adversaries" is piquant rather than ironically adversarial...[Four Last Songs are] gloriously sung by Dorothea Roschmann, who has a truly lovely voice, and is most sensitively accompanied...Even among many illustrious names, there is no finer recorded performance.

Classic FM Magazine
Dorothea Röschmann has a deliciously supple and textured soprano that finds glorious colours here.

The Guardian
The multiple ironies of Heldenleben are superbly caught, though the emotional kernel of his interpretation lies in a sexy account of the central love scene and his touchingly beautiful treatment of the finale. The orchestral sound is lean and sinewy...[Röschmann's] voice lacks a little of its former lustre, though you can hear every word - and hear it given meaning.

BBC Music Magazine
The gossamer textures of the Hero's 'War and Peace'...work best here, the bassoon stylishly leading the superb Rotterdam woodwind. The final retirement is gilded by a glorious horn solo...[Roschmann's] fast vibrato is offset by luminosity and soaring beauty...there's always understanding of the text, and the sunset epilogue, well accompanied by the orchestra, is moving.

The Times
This suave and efficient Strauss disc shows why Yannick Nézet-Séguin has rocketed to the first division of the conducting league.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Doelen Hall, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (06/2010).



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Works Details

>Strauss, Richard : Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40
  • Performer: Igor Gruppman (Violin)
  • Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
  • Ensemble: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 46 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1897-1898

>Strauss, Richard : Four Last Songs, AV 150
  • Performer: Dorothea Röschmann (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
  • Ensemble: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 21 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1948