A few days ago, I found a dusty cache of old CDs. They probably sat hidden away for the last eight or nine years. The little treasures among them all were three Shirley Horn
classics. Here's to Life
, You Won't Forget Me
, and I Love You, Paris
were never better than when I rediscovered them.
I am surprised that I didn't see Shirley Horn
's name mentioned in the earlier posts. I even neglected to mention her in my prior post on the thread. Some of us are a little more seasoned than others and seasoning plays tricks on the memory.
Originally Posted by Mr. Checks
I know there aren't a lot of classical fans here, but I urge you to listen to Gundula Janowitz singing Strauss's Four Last Songs, check out Beim Schlafengehen if you can only listen to one. It's available on I-tunes as a stand-alone under "vier letzte lieder"...(#3 song out of 4) Berliner Philharmonic/Janowitz, 6 minutes 18 seconds. Spend 99 cents and 6 minutes doing nothing but listening to that song. Find the (very moving Hesse poem) lyrics on Google and check it out.
Nice call, Mr. Checks
. However, Sylvia Sass
is my favorite for those Strauss songs. I don't know that you can find it to download. You might be able to find that CD new, but likely used on eBay or Amazon. The CD is on Hungaroton and was issued in about 1979 or 1980. In the 1970s, Sass was being often being reviewed as that era's Maria Callas.
Sylvia had no shortage of offers to sing at the very best venues. In fact, she did sing in the best opera houses. For whatever reason, though, she toured infrequently and stayed in Budapest more often than not. These days she's more of a footnote even though she still gives recitals and has a successful voice school.
By the way, you may remember that Beim Schlafengehen
was used with great dramatic effect in Peter Weir's Year of Living Dangerously
. Linda Hunt (in a fantastic gender bending portrayal of the male photojournalist, Billy Kwan) put the music on an old Victrola and the scratchy, crackling version of the song does the rest. The movie credits were not correct; they wrongly said the song was September