Friday, September 21, 2012

Gratuitous Friday – Dorothea Röschmann Sings Strauss' Spring

The glorious Dorothea Röschmann singing Spring from Strauss' Four Last Songs, with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Unfortunately, there is no video of Frau Röschmann here, but there are some lovely, spring-like nature scenes to accompany her. 

Frau Röschmann's voice seems ready-made for Richard Strauss. It’s interesting how many Mozart sopranos find that Strauss fits them as well. She has sung the Marschallin in Rosenkavalier, and a few light Wagner roles. One hopes that these recordings soon will appear commercially. Meanwhile, to round out our Richard Strauss week, here is the sound of spring:

Frühling (Spring)
Vier letzte Lieder by Richard Strauss

Spring (Hermann Hesse)

In dämmrigen Grüften 
träumte ich lang 
von deinen Bäumen und blauen Lüften, 
Von deinem Duft und Vogelsang. 
Nun liegst du erschlossen 
In Gleiß und Zier 
von Licht übergossen 
wie ein Wunder vor mir. 
Du kennst mich wieder, 
du lockst mich zart, 
es zittert durch all meine Glieder 
deine selige Gegenwart! 

In shadowy crypts 
I dreamt long 
of your trees and blue skies, 
of your fragrance and birdsong. 
Now you appear 
in all your finery, 
drenched in light 
like a miracle before me. 
You recognize me, 
you entice me tenderly. 
All my limbs tremble at 
your blessed presence! 

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