[January 23rd, 2016] Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs (Vier letzte lieder) was performed by Finnish lyric Soprano and leider singer, Soile Isokoski and the London
Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) and, indeed, it was beautiful but that’s not surprising considering Isokoski is no stranger to the work of Strauss. This was even more evident during her performance as she sang with her eyes closed (to some sections of the piece), calmly and passionately to the German seasons. Each song had its own heartfelt temperament with the music embedded with a diverse range of emotions felt by the composer himself when he wrote it. For Isokoski though, some moments seemed louder than others, but she was still in her comfort zone and gave a performance that did not disappoint.
The LPO didn’t fail either as they offered a refreshing performance to the Royal Festival Hall audience. Continue reading