Lise Davidsen, Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs / Wagner: Arias from Tannhäuser

Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs / Wagner: Arias from Tannhäuser

Lise Davidsen, Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen

Released on May 31, 2019 by Decca Music Group Ltd.

Main artist: Lise Davidsen

Genre: Classical

Distinctions: Qobuzissime ( May 2019) - Gramophone Editor's Choice ( June 2019)

Includes: 1 Digital booklet

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Born in a small Norwegian village in 1987 (and is thus inevitably compared to her long-time compatriot Kirsten Flagstad), soprano Lise Davidsen was almost built to embody Wagnerian and Straussian heroines. For her first record under the label Decca, with whom she has signed an exclusive contract, she has chosen to present several facets of femininity in the vocal stylings of Elisabeth (Tannhäuser), Ariane (Ariane à Naxos) and… Pauline. Pauline being Richard Strauss’ beloved wife to whom he dedicated many Lieder from his opus 27 - the 1894 cycle offered to his wife as a wedding gift - until the last Vier letzte Lieder in 1948. Under the supple baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Philharmonic Orchestra embraces the brassy voice of the Norwegian soprano with finesse and elegance. As you will see, this record, with its carefully devised programme, oscillates between youth and old age, in the presence of ghosts and death. You may wonder how one can express mortality at just 30 years old with such a powerful timbre, radiant health and a whole life ahead of you. The answer lies in Lise Davidsen’s voice, which upsurges as if it were a promise of immortality, the music of the last Strauss piece returning one last time to its past, to a Europe in ruins. Discovered in 1984, after the death of the singer and dedicatee Maria Jeritza, Malven (“The Mallows") is Richard Strauss’ true “last song”. Lighter in tone than the Vier letzte Lieder to which it might have belonged, it is presented here in an orchestration by Wolfgang Rihm. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Album : 1 disk - 13 tracks Total length : 01:03:50

    Tannhäuser, WWV 70 / Act 2 (Richard Wagner)
  1. 1 "Dich, teure Halle, grüß ich wieder"

    Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Wagner, ComposerLyricist - Neil Hutchinson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Esa-Pekka Salonen, Conductor, MainArtist - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Job Maarse, Producer - Lise Davidsen, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : ℗ 2019 Decca Music Group Limited

  2. Tannhäuser, WWV 70 / Act 3
  3. 2 "Allmächt'ge Jungfrau, hör mein Flehen!"

    Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Wagner, ComposerLyricist - Neil Hutchinson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Esa-Pekka Salonen, Conductor, MainArtist - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Job Maarse, Producer - Lise Davidsen, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : ℗ 2019 Decca Music Group Limited

  4. Ariadne auf Naxos, Op. 60, TrV 228 (Richard Strauss)
  5. 3 "Es gibt ein Reich"

    Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Neil Hutchinson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Esa-Pekka Salonen, Conductor, MainArtist - Hugo von Hofmannstahl, Author - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Job Maarse, Producer - Lise Davidsen, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : ℗ 2019 Decca Music Group Limited

  6. 4 Lieder, Op. 27, TrV 170
  7. 4 1. Ruhe, meine Seele!

    Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Neil Hutchinson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Esa-Pekka Salonen, Conductor, MainArtist - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Karl Henckell, Author - Job Maarse, Producer - Lise Davidsen, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : ℗ 2019 Decca Music Group Limited

  8. 5 2. Cäcilie

    Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Heinrich Hart, Author - Neil Hutchinson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Esa-Pekka Salonen, Conductor, MainArtist - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Job Maarse, Producer - Lise Davidsen, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : ℗ 2019 Decca Music Group Limited

  9. 6 3. Heimliche Aufforderung (Arr. Heger)

    Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Robert Heger, Arranger, Work Arranger - Neil Hutchinson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Esa-Pekka Salonen, Conductor, MainArtist - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Job Maarse, Producer - Lise Davidsen, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : ℗ 2019 Decca Music Group Limited

  10. 7 4. Morgen!

    Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - John Henry MacKay, Author - Neil Hutchinson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Esa-Pekka Salonen, Conductor, MainArtist - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Job Maarse, Producer - Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lise Davidsen, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : ℗ 2019 Decca Music Group Limited

  11. 5 Lieder, Op. 41, TrV 195
  12. 8 1. Wiegenlied

    Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Neil Hutchinson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Esa-Pekka Salonen, Conductor, MainArtist - Richard Dehmel, Author - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Job Maarse, Producer - Lise Davidsen, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : ℗ 2019 Decca Music Group Limited

  13. 9 R. Strauss: Malven, TrV 297 (Arr. Rihm)

    Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Neil Hutchinson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Esa-Pekka Salonen, Conductor, MainArtist - Wolfgang Rihm, Arranger, Work Arranger - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Betty Knobel, Author - Job Maarse, Producer - Lise Davidsen, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : ℗ 2019 Decca Music Group Limited

  14. Vier letzte Lieder, TrV 296
  15. 10 1. Frühling

    Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Hermann Hesse, Author - Neil Hutchinson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Esa-Pekka Salonen, Conductor, MainArtist - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Job Maarse, Producer - Lise Davidsen, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : ℗ 2019 Decca Music Group Limited

  16. 11 2. September

    Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Hermann Hesse, Author - Neil Hutchinson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Esa-Pekka Salonen, Conductor, MainArtist - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Job Maarse, Producer - Lise Davidsen, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : ℗ 2019 Decca Music Group Limited

  17. 12 3. Beim Schlafengehen

    Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Hermann Hesse, Author - Neil Hutchinson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Esa-Pekka Salonen, Conductor, MainArtist - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Job Maarse, Producer - Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lise Davidsen, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : ℗ 2019 Decca Music Group Limited

  18. 13 4. Im Abendrot

    Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Richard Strauss, Composer - Neil Hutchinson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Esa-Pekka Salonen, Conductor, MainArtist - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff, Author - Job Maarse, Producer - Lise Davidsen, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : ℗ 2019 Decca Music Group Limited

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  • Born in a small Norwegian village in 1987 (and is thus inevitably compared to her long-time compatriot Kirsten Flagstad), soprano Lise Davidsen was almost built to embody Wagnerian and Straussian heroines. For her first record under the label Decca, with whom she has signed an exclusive contract, she has chosen to present several facets of femininity in the vocal stylings of Elisabeth (Tannhäuser), Ariane (Ariane à Naxos) and… Pauline. Pauline being Richard Strauss’ beloved wife to whom he dedicated many Lieder from his opus 27 - the 1894 cycle offered to his wife as a wedding gift - until the last Vier letzte Lieder in 1948. Under the supple baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Philharmonic Orchestra embraces the brassy voice of the Norwegian soprano with finesse and elegance. As you will see, this record, with its carefully devised programme, oscillates between youth and old age, in the presence of ghosts and death. You may wonder how one can express mortality at just 30 years old with such a powerful timbre, radiant health and a whole life ahead of you. The answer lies in Lise Davidsen’s voice, which upsurges as if it were a promise of immortality, the music of the last Strauss piece returning one last time to its past, to a Europe in ruins. Discovered in 1984, after the death of the singer and dedicatee Maria Jeritza, Malven (“The Mallows") is Richard Strauss’ true “last song”. Lighter in tone than the Vier letzte Lieder to which it might have belonged, it is presented here in an orchestration by Wolfgang Rihm. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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