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Gérard Souzay / Hilde Gueden / Dalton Baldwin

Richard Strauss: Lieder (CD)

This Strauss Lieder recital brings together songs by two acclaimed singers – Gérard Souzay and Hilde Gueden. Souzay’s mellow beauty of tone and evenness of line are eloquently displayed in his 1964 recording of seventeen Strauss Lieder. With her silvery timbre and precious Straussian gift of softly floated phrases, Gueden was for many an ideal Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) and Zdenka (in Arabella), while she virtually owned the formidably taxing title role of Strauss’s Daphne.

What the doyen of British voice critics John Steane called Gueden’s ‘youthful shining sound’ can be heard in the songs on this disc recorded in the late 1950s, when her voice was in its prime.