℗ 1973 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs - Metamorphosen

Gundula Janowitz, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

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Tod und Verklärung Op.24, TrV 158
Richard Strauss; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
Metamorphosen For 23 Solo Strings, TrV 290
Richard Strauss; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
Vier letzte Lieder, TrV 296  
1. Frühling
Richard Strauss; Gundula Janowitz; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
2. September
Richard Strauss; Gundula Janowitz; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
3. Beim Schlafengehen
Richard Strauss; Gundula Janowitz; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
4. Im Abendrot
Richard Strauss; Gundula Janowitz; Berliner Philharmoniker; Herbert von Karajan
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Total Playing Time    77:10
"... in spite of strong challenges from far and wide, the singing (of the Four Last Songs) by Gundula Janowitz has still not been surpassed for Straussian opulence and tenderness ... Karajan conducts a near-ideal account of the orchestral score ..."
- Gramophone

"(Metamorphosen) is a work I have loved, on paper, as a concept, for nearly 30 years but which I had long since written off ... all that changed when I first heard Karajan's magisterial recording ... (for weeks) I played that disc, passed through the eyes-uplifted-in-wonder stage, went well beyond the catch-in-throat-and-tingle-on-the-spinal-cord phase ..."
- Glenn Gould

"Even among the remarkable number of first-rate recordings (of Strauss's Four Last Songs) currently in the catalogue, Gundula Janowitz still excels. Her performance is wistful and nostalgic, of course, but Janowitz also bewitches and enchants like no other as she interweaves her soprano line around Karajan's sublimely paced and immaculately played orchestral accompaniment ..."
- BBC Music Magazine

Recorded between 1969 and 1972, this celebrated Strauss album from Herbert von Karajan and the Berliner Philharmoniker includes what is still widely considered the benchmark version of the Four Last Songs, sung by Austrian soprano Gundula Janowitz. The centrepiece of the programme is coupled with Karajan’s glowing account of Strauss’s tone poem Tod und Verklärung and the late Metamorphosen. Janowitz’s ethereal performances of these most famous of orchestral songs written for soprano have challenged all comers for decades.
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Executive Producer: Dr. Hans Hirsch (Songs; op.24); Otto Gerdes (Metamorphoses)
Recording Producer: Hans Weber
Tonmeister (Balance Engineer): Günter Hermanns
Recording Engineer: Volker Martin (op.24, Songs)
Cover Photo by Siegfried Lauterwasser
Art Direction: Hartmut Pfeiffer
Publishers:Edition Peters (op.24); Boosey & Hawkes (Metamorphoses); B. Schott’s Söhne, Mainz (Songs)
© 1971 (Metamorphoses)/1974 (Songs; op.24) Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin
© 1995 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin
Cover Photo by Siegfried Lauterwasser
Art Direction: Hartmut Pfeiffer

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