The Vier letzte Lieder were only performed after Strauss’ death, and draw on the poetry of Hermann Hesse and Joseph von Eichendorff.
Lieder specialist Werner Oehlmann describes them as ‘a peaceful, affirmative conclusion to a great life’. Gustav Mahler’s Fourth Symphony (1899-1901), one of his most accessible works, also ends with heavenly voices. Nevertheless, like Mahler’s two previous symphonies, this work is imbued with the great questions of life, death and the hereafter. The Israeli conductor and Mahler specialist Eliahu Inbal will conduct this, the last of Mahler’s four ‘Wunderhorn Symphonies’. The Swiss soprano Marion Ammann guarantees superior and stylistically sophisticated renditions of Strauss’ songs and the vocal finale of Mahler’s Fourth.
- Vier letzte Lieder - Richard Strauss
- Symfonie nr. 4 - Gustav Mahler