Renée Fleming | Fantastic Reviews of 'Four Last Songs'

Fantastic Reviews of 'Four Last Songs'

1 October 2008

Fantastic Reviews of 'Four Last Songs'

There have been great reviews from Renée’s forthcoming album, Four Last Songs. Below you can read press reviews from The Observer and the Financial Times and The Times.

Renée Fleming: Songs and arias by Richard Strauss

"On CD if not on stage, Fleming is the Strauss soprano de nos jours. Her latest recording of the Four Last Songs, with the Munich Philharmonic under Christian Thielemann, finds her in suitably dreamy voice, but the significance of this performance lies in the way she now colours the words and defines the melodic contours. Arias from Ariadne auf Naxos and Die Ägyptische Helena, together with Verführung and other songs, complete the programme."
Andrew Clark, Financial Times

Strauss: Four Last Songs
Renée Fleming (soprano), Münchner Philharmoniker / Thielemann

"Following Performances in Munich with its Philharmonic under Christian Thielemann, another pre-eminent Strauss interpreter, the American soprano Renée Fleming was moved to make another recording of these magical late songs, so wistfully redolent of love and death. Her voice is perfectly suited to their demands, less of range than of tender, expressive feeling. Throw in four other Strauss orchestral songs and four of his operatic arias and you have a must for more than merely Straussians."
Anthony Holden, The Observer


The album has been described in The Times as:

“a delight to welcome a recording where tone and dynamics are so sympathetically balanced.”

“I fell for her vibrant responses to each turn of music and text, projected in wonderful long breaths by a voice distinctive, warm and secure in every register. “ 

“ But you’re still left with Fleming’s big attraction: that full-cream voice, on top form, at home with the composer she loves most of all. “

Geoff Brown, The Times – 5/9/2008