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  1. 27 Feb '08 21:40 / 2 edits
    Four Last Songs, Richard Strauss.

    Lyrics: Hermann Hesse ( ... and Eichendorff. Song 4). Music Richard Strauss

    The most beautiful orchestral songs ever written.



    Song 1: Frühling

    http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=53n9t3qK-i0&feature=related


    Song 2: September

    http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=Ju2qBGFtOGU&feature=related


    Song 3: Beim Schlafengehen

    http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=O75CnnsFonM&feature=related


    Song 4: Im Abendrot (Eichendorff).

    http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=0BzpoSJ42pM
  2. 27 Feb '08 21:40
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Last_Songs
  3. Standard member neonpeon41
    The Conductor
    28 Feb '08 04:00
    It's been a while since I listened to this. I have Karajan/Berliner Philharmonic with Gundula Janowitz.
  4. 29 Feb '08 03:06 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by ivanhoe
    Four Last Songs, Richard Strauss.

    Lyrics: Hermann Hesse ( ... and Eichendorff. Song 4). Music Richard Strauss

    The most beautiful orchestral songs ever written.



    Song 1: Frühling

    http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=53n9t3qK-i0&feature=related


    Song 2: September

    http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=Ju2qBGFtOGU&feature=related


    Song 3: Beim Schlaf ...[text shortened]... re=related


    Song 4: Im Abendrot (Eichendorff).

    http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=0BzpoSJ42pM
    The best version, by far, of Beim Shlafengehen I've ever heard, was a circa 1970s version by Kiri Te Kanawa with the London Symphony Orchestra under Andrew Davis, which also happens to be the version used in the Mel Gibson film The Year of Living Dangerously. I don't happen to have the CD handy though I know it's on Sony Classical. Very important to get this particular version, since Te Kanawa's voice in later versions just isn't the same.

    Here's the Amazon.com page for the album in general; and note that the sample doesn't really begin to suggest the emotive power of her performance in the second part of this piece.


    http://www.amazon.com/Kiri-Te-Kanawa-Strauss-Orchestral/dp/B0000025C9
  5. 29 Feb '08 03:18
    By the way, she has some very nice versions of the Orchestral Songs on this same CD: listen for example to the samples of Befreit and Zueigznung, which even with the limited audio response available on the typical computer sound card give some hint of the magnificence of her vocals here...
  6. 29 Feb '08 19:18
    Originally posted by neonpeon41
    It's been a while since I listened to this. I have Karajan/Berliner Philharmonic with Gundula Janowitz.
    That's one of the best interpretations of the Four Last Songs.
  7. 29 Feb '08 19:28 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Mark Adkins
    The best version, by far, of Beim Shlafengehen I've ever heard, was a circa 1970s version by Kiri Te Kanawa with the London Symphony Orchestra under Andrew Davis, which also happens to be the version used in the Mel Gibson film The Year of Living Dangerously. I don't happen to have the CD handy though I know it's on Sony Classical. Very important to ge of this piece.


    http://www.amazon.com/Kiri-Te-Kanawa-Strauss-Orchestral/dp/B0000025C9
    A majestic version of "Beim Schlafengehen":

    Kiri Te Kanawa - Beim Schlafengehen (04:56) (Last part is missing)

    http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8l99a5hJng



    Lyrics "Beim Schlafengehen":

    Nun der Tag mich müd' gemacht,
    soll mein sehnliches Verlangen
    freundlich die gestirnte Nacht
    wie ein müdes Kind empfangen.

    Hände, laßt von allem Tun,
    Stirn, vergiß du alles Denken,
    alle meine Sinne nun
    Wollen sich in Schlummer senken.

    Und die Seele unbewacht,
    Will in freien Flügen schweben,
    Um im Zauberkreis der Nacht
    tief und tausendfach zu leben.
  8. 29 Feb '08 19:33
    "Warning - this is a historical recording. The sound quality is poor. Were it of lesser importance, I would not even consider posting it here.*

    Shortly before he died, Richard Strauss wrote a letter to Kirsten Flagstad. He asked her to give the premiere of his four last songs. He requested that she find a suitable conductor and orchestra for the occasion. She honored his request by choosing the world's greatest conductor and the orchestra that was the home of the world's greatest horn player.

    So here you have the world premiere performance of Beim Schlafengehen from Strauss' Four Last Songs.

    London Philharmonia Orchestra, 1950
    Wilhelm Furtwangler - conductor
    Kirsten Flagstad - soprano
    Dennis Brain - horn "

    http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=FbGB0JtefvQ&feature=related (05:17)
  9. 29 Feb '08 19:42
    Originally posted by Mark Adkins
    The best version, by far, of Beim Shlafengehen I've ever heard, was a circa 1970s version by Kiri Te Kanawa with the London Symphony Orchestra under Andrew Davis, which also happens to be the version used in the Mel Gibson film The Year of Living Dangerously. I don't happen to have the CD handy though I know it's on Sony Classical. Very important to ge ...[text shortened]... of this piece.


    http://www.amazon.com/Kiri-Te-Kanawa-Strauss-Orchestral/dp/B0000025C9
    I got this cd. Great !
  10. 29 Feb '08 20:00
    Originally posted by ivanhoe
    A majestic version of "Beim Schlafengehen":

    Kiri Te Kanawa - Beim Schlafengehen (04:56) (Last part is missing)

    http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8l99a5hJng



    Lyrics "Beim Schlafengehen":

    Nun der Tag mich müd' gemacht,
    soll mein sehnliches Verlangen
    freundlich die gestirnte Nacht
    wie ein müdes Kind empfangen.

    Hände, laßt von allem Tun,
    Stirn ...[text shortened]... ill in freien Flügen schweben,
    Um im Zauberkreis der Nacht
    tief und tausendfach zu leben.
    If you will forgive me for saying so, that (the youtube.com video) is actually a rather understated performance by her, and her tempi are off; also the orchestra, whether for sonic, technical, or performance reasons, is rather soft. But the term "majestic" certainly describes the CD version I gave a link to.
  11. Standard member neonpeon41
    The Conductor
    02 Mar '08 04:48
    I listened to this last night. Very beautiful.

    I also went into a music store today and happened upon a recording of the Four Next-to-Last Songs of P.D.Q. Bach. The traditional order of performance is:

    "Das kleine Birdie"
    "Der Cowboykoenig"
    "Gretchen am Spincycle"
    "Es war ein dark und shtormy Night"

    Not as beautiful, but highly entertaining.

    np