V0023. RICARDA MERBETH (S), w.Michael Halasz Cond. Weiman Staatskapelle: Songs by Richard Strauss (incl. Vier letzte Lieder). (Canada) Naxos 8.570283, recorded 2006. Final Sealed Copy! - 747313028375
"Ricarda Merbeth has done numerous guest appearances in opera and concert under several well known conducters, such as Sinopoli, Metha, Viotti, Albrecht, Schneider, Knusel, Boder, Bernet, Young, Runnicles, Luisi, de Billy, Fischer, Weikert, Chaslin, Bychkov, Thielemann, Gergiev and Welser-Most.
A year before his death in 1948, Richard Strauss composed his masterpiece, 'Four Last Songs', expressing a calm acceptance of the inevitability of his own death. Meditations on life, death and the transition into ‘the magic circle of the night’, the songs rank among the most haunting music ever written. In contrast the six 'Brentano-Lieder' are playful, incandescent and virtuosic settings of Clemens Brentano's deeply romantic poems."