Strauss, R: Don Juan, Op. 20

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Strauss: Don Juan, Ein Heldenleben

Strauss: Don Juan, Ein Heldenleben


Strauss, R:

Don Juan, Op. 20

Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40


Richard Strauss and Munich share a very special connection. Not only was the composer born in Munich, several of his pieces had their world premiere here. His works have been a substantial part of the Munich Philharmonic’s core repertoire ever since and the orchestra has excelled on many occasions. This has become a lasting tradition for the orchestra that principal conductors such as Rudolf Kempe, Lorin Maazel, Christian Thielemann and now Valery Gergiev have continued and are continuing to grow.

Valery Gergiev has paid the German repertoire particular attention throughout his career, which ignited a lasting fascination for Richard Strauss. He has made it his specialty. Maestro Gergiev has excelled with this repertoire over recent years and continues to do so in concert halls and opera houses all over the world.

The two pieces on this recording Ein Heldenleben and Don Juan embody the perfect blend of what was of importance in the musical tradition of the 19th century: symphonic composition and programme music. Richard Strauss was an expert and a pioneer in the exploration of bringing the two together in his compositions. The two tone poems on this recording pose a challenge the Munich Philharmonic has brilliantly mastered with Maestro Gergiev.

This second season with Maestro Gergiev has continued a stimulating artistic relationship with the orchestra. This success is repeatedly confirmed and reinforced by the audience and German press. Several international tours with Maestro Gergiev, in Europe and the USA, will take place in the spring to continue to share this prosperity also with international audiences and media.

“Gergiev allows the virtuoso orchestral palette to shine, and even in the thickest polyphony he remains the master of all. His Strauss is one of the most gripping accounts of recent times.” FonoForum, June 2017 *****

“Strauss has always been at the core of the Bavarian orchestra's repertoire, and his heroes swagger and strive with such engaging exuberance on this recording, made last September on the orchestra's home territory under their new(ish) chief conductor. Leader Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici offers particularly eloquent characterisation in the great violin solos.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, April 2017

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Münchner Philharmoniker - 9305211212

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Richard Strauss: Don Juan

Richard Strauss: Don Juan

and other works


Strauss, R:

Don Juan, Op. 20

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

Der Rosenkavalier - Suite

Capriccio


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Capriccio Encore - C8015

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Paavo Järvi conducts Richard Strauss

Paavo Järvi conducts Richard Strauss


Strauss, R:

Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40

Don Juan, Op. 20


This is the first recording of the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo, and its current chief conductor, Paavo Järvi. Features two of the most popular tone poems by Richard Strauss, Ein Heldenleben and Don Juan. Recorded live in Suntory Hall, Tokya, which is one of the most renowned concert halls all over the world, with optimum DCD technology. Paavo Järvi and NHK SO will visit seven major cities in Europe in February and March 2017 – their first-ever European tour. Celebrating its 90th season, NHK SO has the longest history among Japanese orchestras, with a rich and long tradition of performing the music of Richard Strauss under such illustrious conductors: Herbert von Karajan, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Othmar Suitner, Lovro von Matacic, Horst Stein, Charles Dutoit and Vladimir Ashkenazy Amongst others.

“Järvi’s Don Juan is thrillingly precise and pinpoint, and characterised by a real momentum and Schwung. The main virtues of his Heldenleben are clarity, control and impeccable orchestral discipline, all the more impressive given the fact that these are live recordings…an account, along with its excellent coupling, that’s well worth hearing” Gramophone Magazine, May 2017

“Supremely vivid Strauss, guided by the surest of conducting hands…[this] series - may it be all the symphonic poems - can only go from strength to strength. Amazing work.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2017 *****

BBC Music Magazine

Recording of the Month - May 2017

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RCA - 88985391762

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R. Strauss: Tone Poems

R. Strauss: Tone Poems


Strauss, R:

Don Quixote, Op. 35

Josef Staar (viola) & Emanuel Brabec (cello)

Don Juan, Op. 20

Macbeth, Op. 23

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24

First International Release on CD

Suite for orchestra from Der Bürger als Edelmann (The Bourgeois Gentleman) Op. 60

Friedrich Gulda (piano), Willi Boskovsky (violin) & Emanuel Brabec (cello)

Waltz Sequence No. 1 (from Der Rosenkavalier)


This 2CD set brings together for the first time all of Lorin Maazel’s Decca recordings of Strauss tone poems with the Vienna Philharmonic (he recorded Tod und Verklärung twice, the second time with the New Philharmonia Orchestra). All the recordings were made in Vienna’s Sofiensaal, and star VPO principals were soloists in Don Quixote and Der Bürger als Edleman. To these 1960s recordings is added the 1983 recording of Macbeth that Maazel made for Deutsche Grammophon, thereby offering a trio of literary-inspired works: Don Quixote (Cervantes), Don Juan (Lenau) and Macbeth (Shakespeare). The release forms part of the continuing exploration of Maazel’s Decca discography.

“Impressive accounts ranging from elegant precision in Don Quixote (cellist Emmanuel Brabec a superb soloist) to an over-the-top but thrilling Death and Transfiguration.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2015 ****

“served up with great gusto … with the utmost in Viennese affetuoso rubato … The orchestral playing has a superb gloss and is full of subtle shadings, and the dynamic range is very wide indeed” Gramophone Magazine (Rosenkavalier Waltzes)

“[Maazel secures from the] splendid symphony orchestra a considerable quantity of splendid sound” Gramophone Magazine (Don Juan, Tod und Verklärung)

“Lorin Maazel gives a finely-paced account of Macbeth and draws sumptuous playing from the VPO … it goes without saying that the playing of the VPO is altogether glorious” Gramophone Magazine

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Andris Nelsons conducts Richard Strauss

Andris Nelsons conducts Richard Strauss


Strauss, R:

Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30

Don Juan, Op. 20

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28


Recorded Birmingham Symphony Hall Sept. 2011, Jan. 2012, Jan. 2013.

In this year of Richard Strauss’s 150th birthday, it seems natural that the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Andris Nelsons should add the ultimate candle to the birthday cake, as it were, given that their previous recordings of Strauss's works for Orfeo ['Ein Heldenleben' C803091A, 'Alpine Symphony' C833111A) have been amongst the label's most successful of recent years. Here, the CBSO and its music director offer us a selection of the early tone poems: 'Don Juan', 'Till Eulenspiegel' and 'Also sprach Zarathustra'. In 'Don Juan', Strauss combined big tunes and orchestral virtuosity with a dash of immorality and wacky humour. Nelsons and the CBSO delight in the Don’s life of adventure and conquest that comes to a sticky end. The macabre climax to 'Till Eulenspiegel', with the hanging of the protagonist, is preceded by a witty exploration of just about every possible orchestral timbre, with Strauss pulling out all the stops to depict Till’s merry pranks. The world-class CBSO, homogenous across all the sections of the orchestra, is just what’s needed for the great 'Also sprach Zarathustra'. “Freely based on Friedrich Nietzsche” (as Strauss himself wrote), Nelsons and the CBSO do equal justice to Zarathustra’s address to the sun and to the mysterious close in which the motives of Man and Nature alternate in their respective keys. This new recording undoubtedly counts as one of the most awaited highlights of #Strauss150.

“[Nelsons] knows he can ask anything of his players...Nelsons attacks when necessary with full-throttle precipitation...the shadowlands are even more sustained, highlighting the restless lover's death wish...but Nelson's charisma always shines through.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2014 *****

“This Don Juan fairly bursts out of the starting blocks. The opening pages are hugely vital, the music driven on with impulsive swagger and white-hot energy...[Till Eulenspiegel] should be a riot of colour and incident and that’s just what we get here. Once again the CBSO’s playing is razor-sharp, except where opulence is required and then they deliver that instead.” MusicWeb International, 3rd June 2014

“The treacherous start of Don Juan is securely handled … the work benefits from Nelsons’s long-term perspective and conviction …The account of Also Sprach Zarathustra has comparible focus and cohesion.” International Record Review, June 2014

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - July 2014

Orfeo - C878141A

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Salzburg Festival 2012

Salzburg Festival 2012


Brahms:

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Strauss, R:

Don Juan, Op. 20

Wagner:

Wesendonck-Lieder (5)

Nina Stemme (soprano)


This concert programme dedicated to the second half of the 19th Century was one of the highlights of the 2012 Salzburg Festival.

Mariss Jansons, chief conductor of the Concertgebouw Orchestra and winner of the Cannes Classical Award, and soprano Nina Stemme offer a “superlative concert experience” (Kurier).

Swedish soprano Nina Stemme is outstanding in her performance of Wagner’s Wesendonck-Lieder. Brilliant readings of Richard Strauss’ tone poem Don Juan and Johannes Brahms symphony No. 1 complete this extraordinary concert performance.

Picture format Blu-ray Disc: 1080i Full HD - 16:9

Sound format Blu-ray Disc: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.0

Region code: All (worldwide)

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 95 mins

“Gorgeous sounds also emerge during Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder, though they're mostly confined to the orchestra; their silky diminuendos are wonderful. Nina Stemme also shines when the dynamics are scaled back...As usual, the Blu-ray edition offers much greater visual sparkle.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2013 ***

Blu-ray Disc

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EuroArts - 2072624

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R. Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Don Juan & Till Eulenspiegel

R. Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Don Juan & Till Eulenspiegel


Strauss, R:

Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30

Don Juan, Op. 20

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28


Alto - ALC1197

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R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra & Ein Heldenleben

R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra & Ein Heldenleben


Strauss, R:

Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40

San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30

San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Don Juan, Op. 20

San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Metamorphosen

San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Waltz Sequence No. 1 (from Der Rosenkavalier)

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

Sextet from Capriccio, Op. 85

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

Waltz Sequence No. 2 (from Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59)

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig


“A fantastic collection of tone poems from Herbert Blomstedt and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, including a magnificent Zarathustra, full of grandeur and majesty, and a thrilling Heldenleben. There's also top-class string playing in a fine account of Metamorphosen.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, April 2014

Decca - Double Decca - 4784254

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Strauss: Don Quixote

Strauss: Don Quixote


Strauss, R:

Don Quixote, Op. 35

Recorded in 1958

Paul Tortelier (cello)

Rudolf Kempe

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

Recorded in 1958

Rudolf Kempe

Don Juan, Op. 20

Recording first published in 1958

Fritz Lehmann


Rudolf Kempe’s excellent reputation as a conductor of Richard Strauss is justly deserved. In this recording, he is joined by the inimitable Paul Tortelier in Strauss’ whimsical Don Quixote. He conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in a superb recording of Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche and the CD also features the same orchestra in an unjustly neglected performance of Don Juan conducted by Fritz Lehmann.

‘This is one of the great classics of the gramophone........... Highly recommended.’ Gramophone of Don Quixote and Til Eulenspiegels

Regis - RRC1371

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Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra & Don Juan

Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra & Don Juan


Strauss, R:

Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30

Don Juan, Op. 20

Suite for orchestra from Der Bürger als Edelmann (The Bourgeois Gentleman) Op. 60


Sony Classical Masters - 88697712632

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