Renée Fleming Vienna Philharmonic Christian Thielemann Recorded live at the Salzburg Festival, August 2011
Befreit, Op. 39/4 Winterliebe, Op. 48/5 Traum durch die Dämmerung, Op. 29/1 Gesang der Apollopriesterin, Op. 33/2 Scene from the opera Arabella Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64
Gloriously affirming the Salzburg Festival’s long-standing reputation as a supreme musical event, this concert honours one of its founding fathers, Richard Strauss. Renée Fleming, Christian Thielemann and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra unite for a programme of song, opera and tone poem, genres central to the composer’s extraordinarily fruitful career. Fleming interprets four of his songs with orchestra, including the deeply moving Befreit, and provides a substantial taste of perhaps her finest operatic role, Arabella. New vistas then open as Thielemann and the Vienna Philharmonic take the spectacular mountain journey mapped by the composer in his titanic Alpine Symphony.