Im Abendrot by Renée Fleming & Münchner Philharmoniker & Christian Thielemann on Amazon Music. From the Album Strauss, R.: Four Last Songs, etc. Check out R. Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder – Piano version – Im Abendrot by Barbara Bonney and Martin Martineau on Amazon Music. Stream ad-free or purchase. The monumental Kirsten Flagstad ( – ), R.I.P., “the voice of the 20th century” sings “Im Abendrot” from the “Vier letzte Lieder” by Richard Strauss.

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Strauss’s Four Last Songs are simply one of the most touchingly beautiful ways for a composer to end his career, says Jane Jones. At the end ahendrot a long and successful career, when a composer still has the power to move his audience with a swansong of such sublime beauty that it takes your breath away – well, you abedrot that work is a masterpiece.


Richard Strauss was in his 80s and living in Switzerland at the end of World War II and, although he was increasingly feeble, he was still composing.

i She was quite a character with a formidable reputation as the iron rod in that relationship — managing the money and giving her husband just enough to live on! But she was also a successful soprano who performed Strauss’s songs to great acclaim.

4 Letzte Lieder, TrV 296 (Strauss, Richard)

The Eichendorf poem which translates as ‘At Sunset’ is fittingly the last of the four, with the first three songs all settings of poems by Herman Hesse. The words are all warm, wise and reflective with no hint of religious consolation as death approaches, but rather a deeply felt appreciation of the world before leaving. It’s simply one of the most touchingly beautiful ways for a composer to end his career. September The garden is in mourning.


Cool rain seeps into the flowers. Hands, stop all your work. Brow, forget all your thinking.


Come close, and let them fly. Soon it will be time for sleep.

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