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

Lise Davidsen, Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen

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Tannhäuser, WWV 70 / Act 2  
1
"Dich, teure Halle, grüß ich wieder"
Richard Wagner; Lise Davidsen; Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
3:41
Tannhäuser, WWV 70 / Act 3  
2
"Allmächt'ge Jungfrau, hör mein Flehen!"
Richard Wagner; Lise Davidsen; Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
7:33
Ariadne auf Naxos, Op. 60, TrV 228  
3
"Es gibt ein Reich"
Richard Strauss; Hugo von Hofmannstahl; Lise Davidsen; Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
6:36
4 Lieder, Op. 27, TrV 170  
4
1. Ruhe, meine Seele!
Richard Strauss; Karl Henckell; Lise Davidsen; Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
4:36
5
2. Cäcilie
Richard Strauss; Heinrich Hart; Lise Davidsen; Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
2:20
6
3. Heimliche Aufforderung (Arr. Heger)
Richard Strauss; Robert Heger; Lise Davidsen; Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
3:29
7
4. Morgen!
Richard Strauss; John Henry Mackay; Lise Davidsen; Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay; Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
4:34
5 Lieder, Op. 41, TrV 195  
8
1. Wiegenlied
Richard Strauss; Richard Dehmel; Lise Davidsen; Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
4:12
9
Malven, TrV 297 (Arr. Rihm)
Richard Strauss; Betty Knobel; Wolfgang Rihm; Lise Davidsen; Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
3:02
Vier letzte Lieder, TrV 296  
10
1. Frühling
Richard Strauss; Hermann Hesse; Lise Davidsen; Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
3:45
11
2. September
Richard Strauss; Hermann Hesse; Lise Davidsen; Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
5:38
12
3. Beim Schlafengehen
Richard Strauss; Hermann Hesse; Lise Davidsen; Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay; Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
5:39
13
4. Im Abendrot
Richard Strauss; Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff; Lise Davidsen; Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen
8:59
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    64:04
Described as possessing “a voice in a million” (Telegraph), Lise Davidsen is making a fiery debut with her first album on Decca Classics. With works including Strauss’ Four Last Songs and arias from Ariadne auf Naxos and Wagner’s Tannhäuser, the record celebrates the legacy of song throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Davidsen is the first Scandinavian soprano to sign exclusively to the label since Birgit Nilsson, whose centenary was celebrated in 2018. She is also the first Norwegian singer to join Decca Classics since her compatriot Kirsten Flagstad made her acclaimed late recordings for Decca in the 1950s, and famously recorded Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs at the composer’s request shortly before his death in 1949. The significance of the Philharmonia is also notable; the orchestra performed the premiere of Strauss’s iconic song cycle alongside Flagstad at the Royal Albert Hall in May 1950.

“I can only hope this recording brings as much pleasure to listeners as it was for us musicians to make. I would like to thank Esa-Pekka, the musicians of the Philharmonia and everyone at Decca for being such great partners who have supported me at every moment. I look forward to this being the start of a wonderful long-term relationship with them."
- Lisa Davidsen
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