A heavenly record, so beautiful find it goes against the grain to analyse. In the Four Last Songs, Schwarzkopf finds an `inner' quality, interpreting not merely the fairly conventional words but the emotional implications behind this glorious swansong of a dying composer" Gramophone Magazine Elizabeth Schwarzkopf was amongst the most renowned and beautiful opera singers of the 20th Century, much admired for her performances of Mozart, Strauss and Hugo Wolf. During her career, Schwarzkopf was much admired for her artistry and for her timeless beauty. She leaves a discography that is considerable both in quality and in quantity and will be mostly remembered for her Mozart and Strauss operatic portrayals, this recording of Richard Strauss's Four Last Songs, and her countless recordings of Lieder, especially those of Hugo Wolf. The Four Last Songs (German: Vier letzte Lieder) for soprano and orchestra were the final completed works of Richard Strauss, composed in 1948. The songs deal with death and were written shortly before Strauss himself died. However, instead of the typical Romantic defiance, these Four Last Songs are suffused with a sense of calm, acceptance, and completeness. EMI MASTERS celebrates the full glory of the greatest performances from the world's greatest catalogue of recorded music. Digitally remastered at Abbey Road Studios direct from the original master tapes, these classic recordings emerge with unparalleled immediacy. You will be left in no doubt that you are in the presence of legendary musicians and ageless interpretations.