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Thread: Richard Strauss - Four Last Songs - Who's the mummy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    For only 4.00 UK pounds, just have to hear it yourself.
    Yeah, I might just go mad and get it.
    No sound ever comes from the Gates of Eden.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbebleu View Post
    Yeah, I might just go mad and get it.
    That is the spirit, we only live once.
    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
    "Mahatma Gandhi"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    That is the spirit, we only live once.
    So they say, I have my doubts.
    No sound ever comes from the Gates of Eden.

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    No question that my favourite version is Janowitz / Karajan

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    Gosh, this thread keeps running and running.

    I find my views have changed little since my assessment of December 1st 2015 (post #138) in which I compared Norman/Masur, Fleming/Thielemann, Janowitz/Karajan, Popp/Tennstedt and Schwarzkopf/Szell except that I've tired a little of Janowitz's marmoreal purity and somewhat inexpressive beauty. The other four all have more to say about the songs, which, after all, are Lieder, not mere vocalises.

    I also listened to a few more versions a couple of weeks ago. I didn't like Stemme at all, finding the voice too hard and unwieldy, with too much vibrato for my taste. For some reason Studer's voice has never been to my taste either, so, somewhat belatedly, I gave it a spin, and I didn't really enjoy it. We all hear voices differently, but, to my ears, she often sounds just under the note. Where Stemme has too much vibrato for my taste, Studer has too little. Harteros/Jansons I enjoyed more for the conducting than the singing, which is occasionally too effortful. Isokoski is lovely, but I still wouldn't place her above Schwarzkopf, Popp, Fleming or Norman.

    Ultimately, though, it's still Schwarzkopf/Szell for me. Whichever version I listen to, I always find myself reaching for it afterwards just to see if it's as good as I remember it. I'm never disappointed.
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    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    We discussed this topic to death (for me, at least) in the Amazon UK forum. After years of being an adherent of Schwarzkopf/Szell I finally settled on Janowitz/Karajan. Unless, of course, I happened to be listening to Norman/Masur at the time. Popp/Tennstedt is very fine but I don't gel to Fleming.

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    Hoho, how did I miss this thread? Happiest of happy days!


    We've now got two threads on the go!

    Four Last Songs recommendations?

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