A great event has occurred. My neighbor, Kyle the Alleged Redneck, and his roommate have both moved on to cheaper pastures. In Kyle’s honor, I listened to Strauss’s Four Last Songs.
Well, not really. I noticed when I got home that the truck and the cats were gone and that there was a great big pile of miscellaneous shit – bits of a weight bench, two mattresses, a child’s car seat – out by the side of the road for the county to pick up with the trash next week, and then I thought “huh” and went inside and listened to Strauss for reasons completely unconnected with Kyle.
I love the capacity Strauss’s music has to just sort of pause and hang there suspended in the air – or feel like it is – while at the same time developing forward. I would really like to hear these songs performed live at some point, but live Strauss is not something we get a lot of around here. I’ve listened to this CD only a few times as yet (it’s Röschmann and the Rotterdam Philharmonic under Yannick Nezet-Seguin – I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite recording of her singing, but it has its moments all the same) and for no particular reason I began with the last of the four, Im Abendrot. I really like the orchestral introduction to this one.
Also, on the cover of this CD, Mr. Nezet-Seguin looks like he’s telling a truly fantastic fishing story.