CD: Jessye Norman Sings Strauss

CD-0121 info

LPO–0122
1 audio CD
Made in the United Kingdom
℗ 1986 BBC
© 2021 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
Recorded at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall on 4 May 1986
Post production and mastering: Andrew Walton and Deborah Spanton, K&A Productions
Total playing time: 77:12
Released: 21 January 2022

CD: Jessye Norman Sings Strauss

LPO conducted by Klaus Tennstedt

Richard Strauss
Five Songs
Cäcilie, Op. 20 No. 2
Ruhe, meine Seele, Op. 20 No. 1
Meinem Kinde, Op. 37 No. 3
Wiegenlied, Op. 41 No. 1
Zueignung, Op. 10 No. 2

Suite, Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Op. 60
Overture
Minuet
The Fencing Master
Entry and Dance of the Tailors
Lully’s Minuet
Courante
Entry of Cléonte
Prelude to Act II
The Dinner

Dance of the Seven Veils and Closing Scene from Salome
Dance of the Seven Veils
Ah! Du wolltest mich nicht deinen Mund küssen lassen
Nun wohl! Ich lebe noch
Ah! Ich habe deinen Mund geküsst, Jochanaan

Klaus Tennstedt conductor
Jessye Norman soprano
London Philharmonic Orchestra
David Nolan leader
Extraordinary soprano Jessye Norman is the star at the heart of this live performance from the London Philharmonic Orchestra archives, recorded in 1986 under the baton of Principal Conductor Klaus Tennstedt. Jessye Norman brings her warmth to this tender and personal collection of songs by Richard Strauss, while the blistering final scene from Salome shows her at her most powerful and dazzling. Strauss’s suite, comprised of incidental music written for Molière’s Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, brings to life the world of the foolish Monsieur Jourdain, and his desperate attempts to join the aristocracy.

 

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Reviews

'All Straussians and fans of Norman should hear it.' 
★ Limelight, 17 March 2022 

'It's the songs and, especially the Salome that make this recording an essential listen, and a compelling reminder of a great singer at her dramatic best.'
Editors choice Gramophone, 21 March 2022