the norwegian soprano kirsten flagstad singing richard strauss and richard wagner live in concert in 1949 and 1950

by the way: did you know that marc bolan and maria callas died the same day? so the 16th of september 1977 was the day the music died, no matter what don mclean is trying to tell you. but today anyway we are going to hear the norwegian singer kirsten flagstad, the third of the great sopranos, who died in 1962, and i hope you will enjoy her recitals, songs and lieder.

fist of all there is the world premier recording of vier letzte lieder (four last songs) composed by richard strauss, played by the london philharmonia orchestra conducted by wilhelm furtwängler at the royal albert hall on the 22nd of may 1950, followed by another bunch of stiffs composed by richard strauss and recorded in san francisco on the 8th of october 1950, probably with the same line-up. coming up next are some ringing wagner-excerpts performed together with set svanholm on the 9th of october 1949 in san francisco, followed by an interview with kirsten flagstad recorded on the 23rd of april in 1952.

aside from a euphoric review on the rather obscure classicalcdreview-pages there is not all too much evidence on the internet that this cd even exists. so take this=here, and may it serve you well.

vier letzte lieder / richard strauss / london 1950
01 - Frühling
02 - september
03 - beim schlafengehen (listen directly)
04 - im abendrot

concerto san francisco / 1950
05 - befreit
06 - allerseelen
07 - cäcilie

wagner concerto / san francisco 1949
08 - traft ihr das schiff
09 - in fernem land
10 - o sink hernieder (listen directly)
11 - preislied
12 - liebestod

the desert island interview / london 1952
13 - interview with kirsten flagstad (listen directly)

(mp3 / all scans included / direct download)

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