On this CD, the Salzburg Festival honors one of its founders, German composer, Richard Strauss.
Renee Fleming, Christian Thielemann and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra give us a program of Lieder, opera, and a tone poem.
Fleming performs four of Strauss’ songs with orchestra, including the deeply moving “Befreit”, and provides an excerpt of one of her finest operatic role, Strauss’ “Arabella”.
Finally, Thielemann and the Vienna Philharmonic take the spectacular mountain journey mapped by the composer in his “Alpine Symphony”.
Strauss loved the soprano voice, perhaps because his wife was a singer. And Ms. Fleming’s voice seems ideal to sing this music. Strauss’ song “Befreit” is a great song in the original piano , and his orchestration makes it even more wonderful.
I enjoyed hearing the “Alpine Symphony”, even though it is rarely performed in the concert halls today.
Here is Ms. Fleming in in concert at the Salzburg Festival:
And next, while it is not on this recording, here is Renee Fleming in”Cacilie” by Richard Strauss
Tags: Richard Strauss, Salzburg Festival, Renne Fleming, Thielemann, Arabella, Alpine Symphony