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This is the second time Renée Fleming has recorded Strauss' Four Last Songs, and she gives a serene, luminous performance. One of the glories of her handling of the songs is the variety of vocal colors she brings to them. For instance, "Frühling" begins with a throaty duskiness that gives way to silky gossamer as the poetic imagery lifts from "somber shadows" to "blue skies." The specifics of Fleming's interpretation are always rooted in a sure sense of the songs' larger musical trajectory. She has performed this work more ...

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  1. Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs), for soprano & orchestra, o.Op. 150 (TrV 296, AV 150)
  2. Ariadne auf Naxos, opera, Op. 60-II (TrV 228a) (revised version): Ach! Wo war ich? Tot?
  3. Ariadne auf Naxos, opera, Op. 60-II (TrV 228a) (revised version): Ein Schönes war: hieß Theseus-Ariadne
  4. Ariadne auf Naxos, opera, Op. 60-II (TrV 228a) (revised version): Es gibt ein Reich
  5. Verführung ("Der Tag, der schwüle"), song for voice & orchestra, Op. 33/1 (TrV 180/1)
  6. Freundliche Vision ("Nicht im Schlafe hab' ich das geträumt"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 48/1 (TrV 202/1)
  7. Winterweihe ("In diesen Wintergarten"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 48/4 (TrV 202/4)
  8. Zueignung ("Ja, du weisst es, teur Seele"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 10/1 (TrV 141/1)
  9. Die Ägyptische Helena (The Egyptian Helen), opera, Op. 75 (TrV 255): Zweite Brautnacht!
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