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Richard Strauss, “Frühling” (Spring)

time: 3:39 / 136 words

“Frühling” is the first of Richard Strauss’ “Four Last Songs.” It is sung here by Renée Fleming. The conductor is Christoph von Eschenbach. The orchestra is not named.


(“Spring”) (Text: Hermann Hesse)

In dämmrigen Grüften
träumte ich lang
von deinen Bäumen und blauen Lüften,
Von deinem Duft und Vogelsang.

Nun liegst du erschlossen
In Gleiß und Zier
von Licht übergossen
wie ein Wunder vor mir.

Du kennst mich wieder,
du lockst mich zart,
es zittert durch all meine Glieder
deine selige Gegenwart!

In shadowy crypts
I dreamt long
of your trees and blue skies,
of your fragrance and birdsong.

Now you appear
in all your finery,
drenched in light
like a miracle before me.

You recognize me,
you entice me tenderly.
All my limbs tremble at
your blessed presence!

Composed: July 20, 1948


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  1. rhondda
    Posted May 22, 2012 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    The first book that leaped off the bookstore shelf into my hot little hands was Herman Hesse’s “Demion”. I could never explain the importance of that book to me to any of my Marxist friends. I guess that is why we parted ways. Well that book and LSD were quite compatible. I did decide though that LSD was really too fast an enlightenment and I should slow down— doors of perception and all.
    I did not condemn drugs to my kids. I told them straight up, it is illegal, so you had best keep that in mind if you go there. –sort of like admiring Hitler.

  2. MOB
    Posted May 22, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    At the time of the Nilsson video, I had the Comment below ready to submit but decided against it, for fear of overkill. I submit it now, noting that one of the Flagstad/Furtwängler recordings includes Strauss’ Four Last Songs and the other features also Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, who died last week (28 May 1925 – 18 May 2012).

    My Comment here included a link to Knappertsbusch, Backhaus, Nilsson in Concert (Wien 1962). The Prelude and Liebestod portion start at 58:00.
    (Liebestod alone is also here)
    Recording: Birgit Nilsson Sings Wagner

    Flagstad and Furtwängler
    Youtube: Liebestod
    Tristan und Isolde (*)
    Testament: Strauss: Four Last Songs; Wagner: Excerpts

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