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Jessye Norman|Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs; 6 Orchestral Songs

Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs; 6 Orchestral Songs

Jessye Norman

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When she recorded this sublime farewell to life in 1983, Jessye Norman was 38 years old. She was at the height of her glory, and the summit of her vocal power and of her art. At the time, some wondered if there wasn't a contradiction between that voice, so bursting with life, and the crepuscular, delicious morbidity of the late Strauss. As time went by, this record became a confirmed classic.
The incandescence of this sumptuous voice is a perfect fit for the "red sky at night" of Im Abendrot that Eichendorff describes in the final poem of this cycle. With Jessye Norman's passing, this performance takes on an almost-metaphysical dimension. Her voice glides into a drawn-out breath in tormented melismas which sound almost like incantations. It speaks to us of life, of death, of the beauty of nature and the passage of time.
At her side, Kurt Masur accompanies her with infinite subtlety, following the slightest melodic twists of the score with the superb Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, which has a history of performing Strauss's work. The style, the perfect intonation, the colours from every stand all mix together with this voice of sunlight and honey. If you're bound for a proverbial desert island, be sure to pack this record in your luggage. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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Vier letzte Lieder, TrV 296 (Richard Strauss)

1
1. Frühling
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
00:03:45

Jessye Norman, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Strauss, Composer - Kurt Masur, Conductor, MainArtist - Hermann Hesse, Author - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Cees Heijkoop, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1983 Universal International Music B.V.

2
2. September
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
00:05:31

Jessye Norman, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Strauss, Composer - Kurt Masur, Conductor, MainArtist - Hermann Hesse, Author - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Cees Heijkoop, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1983 Universal International Music B.V.

3
3. Beim Schlafengehen
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
00:06:09

Jessye Norman, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Strauss, Composer - Kurt Masur, Conductor, MainArtist - Hermann Hesse, Author - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Cees Heijkoop, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1983 Universal International Music B.V., Under Exclusive License In The United States To The Decca Label Group, A Division of UMG Recordings

4
4. Im Abendrot
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
00:09:58

Jessye Norman, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Strauss, Composer - Kurt Masur, Conductor, MainArtist - Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff, Author - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Cees Heijkoop, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1983 Universal International Music B.V.

Caecilie, op. 27 n° 2 (Richard Strauss)

5
2. Cäcilie
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
00:02:19

Jessye Norman, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Strauss, Composer - Kurt Masur, Conductor, MainArtist - Heinrich Hart, Author - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Cees Heijkoop, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1983 Universal International Music B.V.

Morgen, Op.27, No.4 (Richard Strauss)

6
4. Morgen!
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
00:03:59

Jessye Norman, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Strauss, Composer - Kurt Masur, Conductor, MainArtist - John Henry MacKay, Author - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Cees Heijkoop, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1983 Universal International Music B.V.

Wiegenlied, Op.41, No.1 (Richard Strauss)

7
1. Wiegenlied
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
00:05:15

Jessye Norman, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Strauss, Composer - Kurt Masur, Conductor, MainArtist - Richard Dehmel, Author - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Cees Heijkoop, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1983 Universal International Music B.V., Under Exclusive License In The United States To The Decca Label Group, A Division of UMG Recordings

Ruhe, meine Seele, Op.27, No.1 (Richard Strauss)

8
1. Ruhe, meine Seele!
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
00:04:30

Jessye Norman, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Strauss, Composer - Kurt Masur, Conductor, MainArtist - Karl Henckell, Author - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Cees Heijkoop, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1983 Universal International Music B.V.

Meinem Kinde, Op.37, No.3 (Richard Strauss)

9
3. Meinem Kinde
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
00:02:45

Jessye Norman, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Strauss, Composer - Kurt Masur, Conductor, MainArtist - Gustav Falke, Author - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Cees Heijkoop, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1983 Universal International Music B.V.

Zueignung, Op. 10 n° 1 (Richard Strauss)

10
1. Zueignung
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
00:01:50

Jessye Norman, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Strauss, Composer - Kurt Masur, Conductor, MainArtist - Hermann Von Gilm, Author - Gewandhausorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Cees Heijkoop, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1983 Universal International Music B.V.

Album Description

When she recorded this sublime farewell to life in 1983, Jessye Norman was 38 years old. She was at the height of her glory, and the summit of her vocal power and of her art. At the time, some wondered if there wasn't a contradiction between that voice, so bursting with life, and the crepuscular, delicious morbidity of the late Strauss. As time went by, this record became a confirmed classic.
The incandescence of this sumptuous voice is a perfect fit for the "red sky at night" of Im Abendrot that Eichendorff describes in the final poem of this cycle. With Jessye Norman's passing, this performance takes on an almost-metaphysical dimension. Her voice glides into a drawn-out breath in tormented melismas which sound almost like incantations. It speaks to us of life, of death, of the beauty of nature and the passage of time.
At her side, Kurt Masur accompanies her with infinite subtlety, following the slightest melodic twists of the score with the superb Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, which has a history of performing Strauss's work. The style, the perfect intonation, the colours from every stand all mix together with this voice of sunlight and honey. If you're bound for a proverbial desert island, be sure to pack this record in your luggage. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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