Richard Strauss Capriccio Mondscheinmusik und Letze Szene – Lisa Della Casa, soprano

Capriccio:  Mondscheinmusik und Letze Szene Capriccio had its premiere at the Munich, National Theater, 1942.   It was Richard Strauss’s final opera, and it is a sophisticated “conversation piece for music” (the work’s actual subtitle) centering on the age-old question of whether words or music take precedence in theater and in the arts in general. AContinue reading Richard Strauss Capriccio Mondscheinmusik und Letze Szene – Lisa Della Casa, soprano

Winterreise – Part II – Franz Schubert, sung by Lotte Lehmann

This introduction is essentially a copy from the Winterreise Part I posting.  These are the last 12 songs that Schubert wrote. Schubert’s Winterreise is a song cycle for piano and male voice of 24 poems by Wilhelm Müller set to music by Franz Schubert.  These are some of the last pieces that Schubert created.  MüllerContinue reading Winterreise – Part II – Franz Schubert, sung by Lotte Lehmann

Irmgard Seefried: Strauss Songs and Wolf Lieder der Mignon

My purpose here is to introduce Irmgard Seefried, who was an absolutely wonderful soprano.  Here she is singing three Strauss songs to poetic texts.  The first song, “Morgen” was written as part of a series of songs, and Strauss was 30 when it was published.  The second song, “Zueignung” , was written was Strauss wasContinue reading Irmgard Seefried: Strauss Songs and Wolf Lieder der Mignon