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Sublime swansong

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)

2 hours, 28 minutes

Music Played

  • Richard Wagner

    Tristan und Isolde - Prelude

    Orchestra: Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Andrés Orozco‐Estrada.
  • Richard Strauss

    Four Last Songs AV.150 for voice and orchestra

    Singer: Anja Harteros. Orchestra: Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Andrés Orozco‐Estrada.
  • Richard Strauss

    Sonatina (Symphony) No. 2 in E flat major Av.143 for 16 wind instruments

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Director: Alexei Ogrintchouk.
    • BIS : 2163.
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    • 9.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Symphony No.15 in A major Op.141

    Orchestra: Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Andrés Orozco‐Estrada.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Piano Quintet in G minor, Op.57

    Performer: Mimi Zweig. Performer: Jerry Horner. Ensemble: Borodin Trio.

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