Anna Netrebko, Staatskapelle Berlin - Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder; Ein Heldenleben (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Anna Netrebko, Staatskapelle Berlin - Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder; Ein Heldenleben (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Anna Netrebko, Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim -
Richard Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder; Ein Heldenleben (2014)

FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 68:22 minutes | 1,28 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Saving the best for last in the Richard Strauss anniversary 2014. The world s most luxurious soprano, Anna Netrebko, sings Richard Strauss sumptuous Four Last Songs, accompanied by the Staatskapelle Berlin and Daniel Barenboim. An irresistible, all-star combination. The live recording will take place in Berlin, this month. It is a charity concert.

It's Russian soprano Anna Netrebko, making her first German-language recording, who gets top billing here, and that's understandable: Netrebko is emerging as one of the top stars in opera, with a big voice and an outsized personality to match. Her reading of Richard Strauss' reflective Four Last Songs does come out sounding a bit like the Italian opera in which she specializes, but to her credit she dials back the drama and achieves a sensitive response to the texts. The Four Last Songs, though, make up less than a third of this album's more-than-65-minute length; the balance is devoted to a fine performance of the Strauss tone poem Ein Heldenleben, with the Staatskapelle Berlin, the orchestra that premiered the work, led by Daniel Barenboim. Strauss' highly pictorial score receives detailed treatment from Barenboim, and the musicians follow him every step of the way. This is a live recording, made to benefit the restoration of the Staatsoper unter den Linden, the Berlin State Opera building. What little is lost in the sound environment is more than amply repaid in the sense of immediacy felt and expressed by the musicians. Recommended perhaps for Netrebko fans, decisively for those of Barenboim.

Tracklist:

01 - Vier letzte Lieder, AV 150 - 1. Frühling
02 - Vier letzte Lieder, AV 150 - 2. September
03 - Vier letzte Lieder, AV 150 - 3. Beim Schlafengehen
04 - Vier letzte Lieder, AV 150 - 4. Im Abendrot
05 - Ein Heldenleben, Op.40 - Der Held
06 - Ein Heldenleben, Op.40 - Des Helden Widersacher
07 - Ein Heldenleben, Op.40 - Des Helden Gefährtin
08 - Ein Heldenleben, Op.40 - Des Helden Walstatt
09 - Ein Heldenleben, Op.40 - Des Helden Friedenswerke
10 - Ein Heldenleben, Op.40 - Des Helden Weltflucht und Vollendung

Recording at Philharmonie, Berlin in August 2014 - Live Recording.

Musicians:
Anna Netrebko - soprano
Staatskapelle Berlin - Conducted by Daniel Barenboim
Wolfram Brandl - solo violin

Analyzed: Anna Netrebko; Staatskapelle Berlin; Daniel Barenboim / Strauss: Four Last Songs (1-4)
Staatskapelle Berlin; Daniel Barenboim / Strauss: Four Last Songs (5-9)
Wolfram Brandl; Staatskapelle Berlin; Daniel Barenboim / Strauss: Four Last Songs (10)
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR10 -1.76 dB -17.86 dB 3:23 01-Vier letzte Lieder, AV 150 - 1. Frühling
DR12 -3.15 dB -21.52 dB 4:44 02-Vier letzte Lieder, AV 150 - 2. September
DR13 -1.93 dB -22.23 dB 5:40 03-Vier letzte Lieder, AV 150 - 3. Beim Schlafengehen
DR14 -5.35 dB -24.78 dB 8:11 04-Vier letzte Lieder, AV 150 - 4. Im Abendrot
DR11 -0.20 dB -15.02 dB 4:24 05-Ein Heldenleben, Op.40 - Der Held
DR12 -2.23 dB -21.48 dB 3:32 06-Ein Heldenleben, Op.40 - Des Helden Widersacher
DR10 0.00 dB -13.67 dB 8:43 08-Ein Heldenleben, Op.40 - Des Helden Walstatt
DR12 -0.26 dB -19.17 dB 6:05 09-Ein Heldenleben, Op.40 - Des Helden Friedenswerke
DR13 -0.25 dB -19.40 dB 11:05 10-Ein Heldenleben, Op.40 - Des Helden Weltflucht und Vollendung
DR15 -0.30 dB -22.69 dB 12:34 07-Ein Heldenleben, Op.40 - Des Helden Gefährtin
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Number of tracks: 10
Official DR value: DR12

Samplerate: 96000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 2442 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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