Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam

Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder

Anja Harteros sopraan


Anja Harteros and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra perform Richard Strauss’s Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs), conducted by Bernard Haitink. The Vier letzte Lieder depict the different stages of life.

Strauss’s Four Last Songs

The Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs) for soprano and orchestra are the final works of Richard Strauss. The four songs form a modest cycle depicting the different stages of life. ‘Frühling’ is full of joy and expectation; in ‘September’ the poet says goodbye to summer. In ‘Beim Schlafengehen’ the soul yearns for the ‘magic circle’ of the night, and finally in ‘Im Abendrot’ an older couple witness a sunset, and wonder if they’re perhaps experiencing the end of life.

Anja Harteros, soprano

Anja Harteros made her debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in this performance of Strauss’s Four Last Songs in 2011. The German soprano studied with Liselotte Hammes and Astrid Huber-Aulmann. In the summer of 1999, Anja Harteros won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition, which led to many invitations for concerts and guest performances. Since then, she has appeared as a guest at all the major opera houses in the world.

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