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Strauss: Four Last Songs; Wagner / Furtwängler, Flagstad

Album Summary

>Strauss, Richard : Four Last Songs, AV 150
>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde
>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung
Performer Conductor Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

"As Michael Tanner opines in an interesting booklet-note, these two formidable artists had several collaborations in these Wagnerian excerpts, but caught live in very reasonable sound they produce performances that lift one out of one's seat. Furtwangler is in incandescent form in the Tristan excerpts, and even more so in the Dawn and Rhine Journey from Act 1 of Gotterdammerung. The Tristan Prelude and Liebestod offer a similar frisson. Has the Prelude ever sounded so impassioned and urgent as here? Did Flagstad, in her numerous recordings of the Liebestod, ever convey so much tragic passion? I think not, and she is in much better voice than in the complete 1952 set." -Gramophone



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>Strauss, Richard : Four Last Songs, AV 150
  • Performer: Kirsten Flagstad
  • Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
  • Running Time: 19 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1948

>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde :: Prelude
  • Performer: Kirsten Flagstad
  • Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
  • Running Time: 11 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1857-1859

>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde :: Mild und leise wie er lächelt (Liebestod - Act 3)
  • Performer: Kirsten Flagstad
  • Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
  • Running Time: 7 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1857-1859

>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung :: Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey
  • Performer: Kirsten Flagstad
  • Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
  • Running Time: 11 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1874

>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung :: Starke Scheite schichtet mir dort (Act 3
  • Performer: Kirsten Flagstad
  • Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
  • Running Time: 18 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1874