Internationally renowned soprano Anja Harteros sings Strauss's Four Last Songs with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada. Plus Wagner and Shostakovich.
Ahead of Saturday's hotly-anticipated Cardiff Singer of the World final, Georgia Mann introduces a concert recorded at the Grand Hall of Frankfurt's Alte Oper featuring the 1999 Cardiff winner. Since then, German soprano Anja Harteros has enjoyed a stellar international career in both opera house and concert hall, with Strauss's moving farewell to life, the Four Last Songs, one of her party pieces. Book-ending the concert given by the Frankfurt Radio SO and their Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada are Wagner's erotically-charged music from Tristan und Isolde and Shostakovich's final symphony.
Wagner: Prelude und Isolde Liebestod (Tristan and Isolde)
Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 15 in A, Op. 141
Anja Harteros (soprano)
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
Andrés Orozco-Estrada (conductor)