Renée Fleming | Four Last Songs broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 from Royal Festival Hall

Four Last Songs broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 from Royal Festival Hall

14 December 2011

Soprano Renée Fleming joins Christoph Eschenbach and the London Philharmonic Orchestra in performing Strauss's Four Last Songs at London's Royal Festival Hall on Wednesday.

Renée Fleming has a particular affinity for Four Last Songs, which she has lived with throughout her career. "So comforting and so beautiful," she says, "every time I sing it, my breathing slows down. I feel as if I'm in an altered state at the end. I never tire of it - ever." Surrounding it are performances by the LPO of two of the greatest representatives of German romanticism: Wagner's cascading overture to Tannhäuser, and Beethoven's Seventh Symphony.

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