Sony Classical International proudly announces the second solo album by American soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen. Presenting works of Richard Strauss’s later years, Willis-Sørensen’s latest release pairs the composer’s sublime „Vier letzte Lieder“ (Four Last Songs) with the closing scene of his final opera, Capriccio. Renowned conductor Andris Nelsons leads the Gewandhausorchester and German bass Sebastian Pilgrim joins Willis-Sørensen for the Capriccio scene.The album follows up on the soprano’s Sony Classical debut, an aria recital entitled “Rachel,” released last year to unanimous international praise. Germany’s Das Opernglas noted that “Willis-Sørensen sings marvelously with her beautifully shimmering, silvery, well-rounded soprano voice, whose slight vibrato enhances the emotions expressed.” While Gramophone Magazine recommended the album as “a rewarding and intelligent debut from a very fine singer”. French classical magazine L’Opéra praised her as “An uncommon talent, able to rival the best examples of the past”.
Listen and order “Strauss: Four Last Songs” here