R. Strauss: Four Last Songs
09/21/2008 at 04:00 PM – Peter Norton Symphony Space
Twyla Robinson, soprano
One of the great showpieces for the soprano voice, Richard Strauss’s Vier Letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs), included personal references to his own life. What was Strauss trying to express in this his final work? What made him one of the greatest composers for the human voice? How does a singer prepare for such a piece? Why did Strauss call himself a “first-class second-rate composer?” Hear Strauss’s meditation of life, death and beyond.