Mariss Jansons conducts Richard Strauss

BR Klassik: 900148

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Mariss Jansons conducts Richard Strauss

Label:

BR Klassik

Catalogue No:

900148

Discs:

1

Release date:

30th Dec 2016

Barcode:

4035719001488

Length:

74 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Mariss Jansons conducts Richard Strauss

The 100th release of BR-KLASSIK Label!


Strauss, R:

Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24


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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.)

Richard Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64, TrV 233

Nacht (Night)

Sonnenaufgang (Sunrise)

Der Anstieg (The Ascent)

Eintritt in den Wald (Entry into the Wood)

Wanderung neben dem Bache (Wandering by the brook)

Am Wasserfall (At the Waterfall)

Erscheinung (Apparition)

Auf blumigen Wiesen (On Flowering Meadows)

Auf der Alm (On the Alpine Pasture)

Durch Dickicht und Gestrüpp auf Irrwegen (Straying through Thicket and Undergrowth)

Auf dem Gletscher (On the Glacier)

Gefahrvolle Augenblicke (Dangerous Moments)

Auf dem Gipfel (On the Summit)

Vision

Nebel steigen auf (Mists rise)

Die Sonne verdüstert sich allmählich (The Sun gradually darkens)

Elegie

Stille vor dem Sturm (Calm before the Storm)

Gewitter und Sturm, Abstieg (Thunder and Storm, Descent)

Sonnenuntergang (Sunset)

Ausklang (Final Sounds)

Nacht (Night)

Richard Strauss: Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24, TrV 158

Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration), Op. 24, TrV 158

BBC Music Magazine

May 2017

****

“Live recordings…with character and excitement. The Alpine Symphony storm is impressively gutsy.”

Classical Ear

11th 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”

classicalsource.com

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.”

Gramophone Magazine

April 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.”

MusicWeb International

18th January 2017

“A highly desirable album performed by an orchestra who knows this music so well.”

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