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R. Strauss: Salzburg Recitals / Schwarzkopf, Della Casa, Seefried, Gedda, Ludwig, Prey, Price, Schreier, Mathis, Von Stade et al. (rec. 1956-2010)

Notes & Reviews:

The collection of selections from various song recitals from 1956 to 2010 is in celebration of the 150th birthday of Richard Strauss. No less than 18 exceptional Strauss singers perform here, and we list them in the order as they are heard in the edition: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Lisa Della Casa, Irmgard Seefried, Nicolai Gedda, Christa Ludwig, Hermann Prey, Leontyne Price, Peter Schreier, Edita Gruberova, Jessye Norman, Edith Mathis, Marjana Lipovek, Heinz Zednik, Frederica von Stade, Francisco Araiza, Thomas Hampson, Diana Damrau and Michael Volle. They offer a cross-section on CD of the more than 200 songs by this composer, ranging from famous early songs such as Die Nacht and Zueignung via excerpts from the rarely heard Krämerspiegel to late settings of poems by Friedrich Rückert.

MusicWeb International, 9th December 2014
Many favourites feature but there are also comparative rarities to experience and savour...a valuable collection, both artistically and historically.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
It is also a wonderful survey of lieder artists. There is a rich array of great voices here. Each singer performs three or four songs. Sopranos are especially well represented. The sound is more than satisfactory.


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