Four Last Songs
The highest of 2 entries by Richard Strauss in the Ultimate Hall of Fame. This has been at its lowest position of number 110 for the past 3rd Hall of Fame countdowns.
Richard Strauss had become steadily more unwell in the run-up to the writing of what we now call the Four Last Songs and death was very much on his mind. The melancholic, autumnal russets and browns infusing all four works for soprano (or tenor) and orchestra make for some of the most delicious moments in all music.
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