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Jansons conducts Strauss

Jansons conducts Strauss

Single release of the 60th anniversary-box


Strauss, R:

Der Rosenkavalier - Suite

Live-Recording, Munich, Herkulessaal, 19,/20.10.2006

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

Live-Recording, Munich, Herkulessaal, 5./6.3.2009

Vier letzte Lieder

Live-Recording, Munich, Philharmonie, 25./27.3.2009

Anja Harteros (soprano) & Andreas Röhn (violin solo)


Since 2003, Mariss Jansons has been the Chief Conductor of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. With him, the orchestra has experienced one of the most successful phases in its history, not least through its sixth place ranking in Gramophone magazine’s Best Orchestras in the World list.

“His music has been my constant companion throughout my life and has moved me very deeply time and again”, said Mariss Jansons of Richard Strauss. The program on this CD comprises three of Strauss’s best-known compositions, starting with the Rosenkavalier Suite then moving on to the colourful spectacle of Till Eulenspiegel all the way to the Four Last Songs. Here, Mariss Jansons brings one of the most celebrated sopranos of recent times together with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

Mariss Jansons, Chief Conductor since 2003 led the Symphonieorchester through one of the most successful phases of its history.

Three of the most popular works by Richard Strauss.

Anja Harteros, the celebrated star on the current operatic horizon, as soloist in the Four Last Songs.

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Mariss Jansons conducts Richard Strauss

Mariss Jansons conducts Richard Strauss

The 100th release of BR-KLASSIK Label!


Strauss, R:

Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24


At the age of just fifteen, the budding composer Richard Strauss (1864-1949) lost his way during a summer hike on the Heimgarten in the Bavarian Alps, and ended up in a thunderstorm. The next day, he fantasized about the experience on the piano. - Twenty years later, that memory had matured into a concept describing a one-day hike in the form of a symphonic poem, and in 1915 – a further fifteen years later – Strauss finally completed his masterpiece. The hike begins in the darkness before dawn, and after sunrise the ascent goes through a forest, past a stream and a waterfall, through meadows and pastures, and up to a glacier. The hiker then loses his way, and after several risky moments arrives at the summit, where he also experiences a vision. The weather then suddenly worsens, and the descent is accompanied by heavy rain and fierce thunderstorms. The eventful day - summarized in just sixty minutes of music - ends with a sunset, and darkness returns.

"An Alpine Symphony" is probably Strauss' most famous symphonic poem. Its content is easily understandable, and the work became especially well-known for its gigantic orchestra. The music is far from heavy-handed, however, with many of the passages orchestrated like chamber music. Like a kind of greeting from the Bavarian Alps, as it were, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and its chief conductor Mariss Jansons have placed this masterpiece, and the music of Richard Strauss in general, on the programme of their forthcoming tour of Asia in late 2016. The live recording of “Alpine Symphony” concerts planned for October 2016 in Munich’s Philharmonie im Gasteig is enhanced on this latest CD from BR-KLASSIK by the addition of Strauss’ symphonic poem "Death and Transfiguration", first performed in 1890; the recording here is of concerts performed in Munich in February 2014. – We thus have two very recent interpretations of two of this great German composer’s most important tone poems on one CD.

Live-Recording Munich, Philharmonie im Gasteig 10.2016 (Alpine Symphony); 02.2014 (Death and Tr.)

“A highly desirable album performed by an orchestra who knows this music so well.” MusicWeb International, 18th January 2017

“The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra bring a burnished, polished sound to every strand of Strauss's kaleidoscopic score, and BR-Klassik's engineering is a marvel of presence, clarity and detail.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2017

“Jansons holds the tension throughout as part of a sensitive, deeply-thought reading to leave the listener in a reflective mood…the music provides a moving experience.” classicalsource.com, April 2017 *****

“Beauties, thrills (heroic trumpets) and – appropriately – highs abound in Jansons’s unerringly symphonic approach that journeys and paints pictures and does so compellingly” Classical Ear, 11th April 2017 *****

“Live recordings…with character and excitement. The Alpine Symphony storm is impressively gutsy.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2017 ****

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R. Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie

R. Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie


Strauss, R:

Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64

Intermezzo, Op. 72: Four Symphonic Interludes


Live-Recording Munich, Herkulessaal 29/30.04.2010 (Alpensymphonie); 02.12.2013 (Intermezzo)

The year 2014 marks the 150th birthday of the Munich-born composer Richard Strauss, and this CD highlights two key genres in his oeuvre: the "Alpine Symphony", composed in 1915, his last and greatest tone poem, and the four symphonic interludes from the opera "Intermezzo", first performed in Dresden in 1924. The Austrian conductor Franz Welser-Möst, currently Musical Director of the Vienna State Opera and Principal Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra, is also a popular guest conductor of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. The music of Strauss lies on the threshold of the modern age, and Welser-Möst interprets it with a musical dramatic style enhanced by the classical-romantic tradition. This CD from the BR-KLASSIK label celebrates not only the 150th anniversary of Strauss's birth but also the 25th anniversary of Franz Welser-Moest's regular appearances as a guest conductor with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. It contains a combination of live recordings made in Munich's Herkulessaal in 2010 and 2013.

“If this is not the most viscerally thrilling, imaginative account of Strauss’s mountainous masterpiece, it is extremely well played and recorded. More interesting, however, are the symphonic interludes.” Classical Music ****

“Welser-Möst and his excellent Munich players conjure the score's wooded elements, its mists and occasional mellowness” Gramophone Magazine, September 2014

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R. Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie

R. Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie


Strauss, R:

Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64

Intermezzo, Op. 72: Four Symphonic Interludes

plus:

CD1: Richard Strauss – An audio biography in three parts by Anette Unger

CD2: 20 selected letters with an introduction by Anette Unger

Letters i.a. to Cosima Wagner, Engelbert Humperdinck, Hans v. Bülow, Hugo v. Hofmannsthal, Stefan Zweig


Today Richard Strauss is still one of the most-performed composers from the epoch just before the modern age. In operas such as "Elektra" and "Salome" as well as in his tone poems, the composer made masterly use of established traditions, placing them brilliantly into new contexts and also pointing the way ahead especially where musical theatre was concerned. The Munich-born Strauss was a fine conductor, a brilliant man of letters, an advocate of artists' rights, especially of those who had fallen foul of the authorities during dark times, and a musical politician, and his colourful personality continues to fascinate a large following today. For the Strauss year of 2014, in a new audio biography from the BR-KLASSIK series, Anette Unger traces the life of this extraordinary and multifaceted artistic personality. This exciting audio biography is further enhanced by selected letters written to family members and such famous contemporaries as Hans von Bülow, Cosima Wagner, Stefan Zweig and Hugo von Hofmannsthal, giving us a vivid impression of an artist who, in addition to his success as a composer, was always an astute observer of his times. On a third CD, the audio biography also features recordings made with Franz Welser-Möst, who has been a welcome guest conductor with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks for 25 years now. A special focus is placed on the tone poem and the opera, two of the most important genres in Strauss's oeuvre, with recordings of "An Alpine Symphony", composed in 1915, and the four symphonic interludes from the opera "Intermezzo" (1924).

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Strauss: Don Juan and Ein Heldenleben

Strauss: Don Juan and Ein Heldenleben


Strauss, R:

Don Juan, Op. 20

Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40


In these live recordings, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and its longtime chief conductor Mariss Jansons present two "heroic" tone poems by Richard Strauss. With his "Don Juan", the young and aspiring Strauss secured himself a lasting place in the musical life of the German Empire and proved to be a prematurely consummate master of the symphonic poem genre. "Ein Heldenleben" ("A Hero's Life"), written at the turn of the 20th century, is a work of unshakeable self-confidence in every regard. Strauss left everyone in little doubt that he had portrayed himself as the hero in his music, and the work met with an ambivalent reception. Today, with its massive score for over one hundred musicians, "Ein Heldenleben" ranks as one of the great touchstones for a symphony orchestra – and with its extensive solo violin part, for a concertmaster too.

Recent live recording from February 2014 (Ein Heldenleben)

Release coincides with the 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss's birth (1864-1949)

Mariss Jansons' second release of works by Richard Strauss (2010: CD 900707 - Rosenkavalier Suite, Till Eulenspiegel and Four Last Songs)

“This Don Juan is not about impulse and surprise, the 24-year-old composer's original goals. Rather it languidly reveals the tonal beauty of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra - unquestionably one of the world's most sophisticated orchestras - in tandem with a recording which keeps a slight detail to tell...In short, Jansons prefers abstraction to telling a tale.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2015 ***

“There's a tangible sense of self-doubt and vulnerability lurking somewhere amidst the shadows…I found the closing section of Janson's [Don Juan] deeply moving…this latest Heldenleben is largely self-recommending, easily holding its ground in an increasingly competitive field.” International Record Review, March 2015

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Strauss - Wagner - Mahler

Strauss - Wagner - Mahler


Mahler:

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Strauss, R:

Hymne Op. 34 No. 2

Der Abend Op. 34 No. 1

Männerchöre (3), AV123

Wagner:

Three songs to 'Tristan and Isolde'

Arr. Clytus Gottwald


On this new CD the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks under the direction of Peter Dijkstra presents itself a cappella in works by Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler and Richard Wagner.

Magnificent tone paintings like “Isoldes Liebestod” (“Isolde’s Love-Death”) and the “Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen” (“Songs of a Wayfarer”) radiate a new unprecedented glory in transcriptions for 16-part chorus by Clytus Gottwald. Thanks to its special tonal homogeneity and stylistic versatility, this ensemble enjoys the highest regard throughout the world. Dutch conductor Peter Dijkstra – the artistic director of the ensemble since 2005 – is the shooting star on the choral scene and has presented the ensemble together with both BR orchestras in a number of versatile programs.

- Purely Chorus! The BR-Chor presents itself a cappella

- Warm, crystal-clear choral sound

- “Classics” from the late romantic era in unusual transcriptions

- Recent recordings from 2009 and 2011

“Formidably assured singing.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2012 ****

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