Many an artist can formulate a recital around the works of a single composer, but few so expertly and effortlessly as Dame Felicity Lott. Together with her longtime collaborator, pianist Graham Johnson, Lott creates an expansive view of Richard Strauss' oeuvre through the lens of one of his richest compositional periods (1885-1901). Among the best-loved of Strauss' works surface lesser-known gems, rare beauties illumined by Lott's sensitive singing and Johnson's deft, assured accompaniment. A disc to be treasured.
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The Amazon reviewer raves to excess--the voice is in fine shape but doesn't possess the purity and contorl it once had. That's only natural and not a flaw. Her mature readings of these 16 songs are artistic and mostly satisfying. Unlike Schwarzkopf, Lott doesn't have enough charisma to make the deepest impression. I'd also point out that the singer's close friend Graham Johnson is a routine accompanist, careful in detail but not inspiring (British critics continue to extol him for reasons I can't fathom). Whether because of him or on her own, Lott is too placid at times and hasn't the voice left to soar to the heights, which is ultimately what a great Strauss voice must do. Even so, this is a lovely recital and a boon to anyone who loves these gorgeous, sensual songs.
P.S. 2011 -- I heard Lott and Johnson at Wigmore Hall and was impressed by the beauty of her voice and the wisdom in her interpretations. the microphone diminishes a remarkable singer.