Some kind soul alerted me to the existence of these on YouTube, for all those who missed Röschmann singing Strauss on the radio on Monday night. If it has never occurred to you to wish that Antonio Pappano was see-thru, you may be in for a new experience here.
I listened to some of these clips because – well, I would, wouldn’t I, but due to them being bootlegs taken with someone’s phone there’s enough distortion to the sound that I admit I gave up before hearing all of each of them. Bootlegs are sometimes rather less than ideal in that way. But I didn’t want to end the morning’s musical interlude gritting my teeth, so I went back to the version of these songs that Röschmann recorded with the Rotterdam Philharmonic a few years ago and listened to that instead. (Her “Im Abendrot” on that recording gets me every time.)
I heard “September” as part of her recital in New York last month (with a piano rather than an orchestra) and whenever I hear her sing these songs, I wonder if they may not be a little like the role of the Countess in Figaro for her – it’s pretty damn good when she first begins to perform it, and that’s when it’s recorded, and then by all accounts it gets even better as she performs it more, and you want it recorded AGAIN so you can hear the improvements, but you have to kind of remain in suspense about that. (But naturally I wish she recorded more in general. Back in the 1990s she appeared to produce a CD approximately every 45 minutes, but that is not the case anymore.)
I do warn you – sound is iPhone quality, and it does no one any favors.