Richard Strauss

Frühling ("In dämmrigen Grüften träumte ich lang"), song for soprano & orchestra, o.Op. 150/1 (TrV 296/1, AV 150/1)

    Description by Rovi Staff

    Richard Strauss' extraordinarily beautiful Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs) (1948) for voice and orchestra are among the last music the composer ever wrote. Actually, Strauss did not intend to place the songs into this grouping in which they are best known. Three of the settings are on texts by Hermann Hesse; the last in the group, "Im Abendrot" (At Dusk), is a "separate" setting of a poem by Joseph Eichendorff. (Strauss also left behind another unfinished Hesse setting, "Nacht.") Still, given the themes of the Hesse songs -- "Frühling" (Spring), "September," and "Beim Schlafengehen" (Time to Sleep) -- the inclusion of the Eichendorff song seems a natural extension of and appropriate end to the cycle.

    The Four Last Songs are virtually indistinguishable in technique and musical language from the fine songs Strauss wrote 50 years earlier. They are, in short, rich and fully Romantic, expressive in feeling and symphonic in sound. As such, they might well be thought of as the final masterpieces of the line of German Romantic Lieder that began with Beethoven's "An die ferne Geliebter." The final words of "Im Abendrot" are "Is this really Death?" Here, Strauss inserts the famous yearning theme from his own Death and Transfiguration, providing what can only be regarded as a most fitting epitaph to his own life and work.

    Appears On

    Year Title / Performer Label / Catalog # AllMusic Rating
    2018
    Various Artists
    ABC Classics
    2018
    Philips
    2009
    Deutsche Grammophon
    001340802
    2008
    ABC Classics
    4766469
    2002
    Various Artists
    EMI Music Distribution
    VTDCD489
    2000
    Import
    GLD 63191
    1999
    Simax
    1820
    1997
    EMI Classics / EMI Music Distribution
    66490
    1997
    EMI Music Distribution
    66252
    1994
    Various Artists
    EMI Music Distribution
    55095
    1992
    Philips
    434161
    1990
    Philips
    422893
    Various Artists
    ABC Classics
    4766209
    ABC Classics
    4766210
    ABC Classics
    4766470
    HMV Classics
    568484
    Various Artists
    EMI Music Distribution
    VTDCD 417