Strauss, R: Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24 (Death and Transfiguration)

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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: 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.

“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

“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 ****

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Fritz Reiner: The Decca Orchestral Recordings

Fritz Reiner: The Decca Orchestral Recordings


Brahms:

Hungarian Dances (excerpts)

Strauss, R:

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24

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DVOŘÁK: Five Slavonic Dances


Renowned for the precision of his execution, it was said that Reiner could ‘stand before an orchestra he has never seen before and conduct a new piece at first sight without verbal explanation, by means of manual technique alone’ (he later taught at the Curtis Institute, where he unsuccessful attempted to moderate the young Leonard Bernstein). His temper was equally legendary (he was once described as ‘A despot with a baton’), but his performances, perhaps because of his uncannily tiny beat, were models of clarity and precision, never losing sight of the longer line, and always renowned for their glittering vitality.

The recordings here are the sum of his orchestral recordings made for the Decca Record Company. His Strauss is searing, and the thrill of the Brahms and Dvorak Dances has perhaps never been equaled – helped immeasurably, of course, by Decca’s state-of-the-art recording.

“These are brilliant performances with every member of this great orchestra on his toes, and the 1961 recording wears remarkably well” Gramophone Magazine (Brahms, Dvorak)

“I was bowled over by the splendour of the performances and gratified by the warmth and clarity of the recording … There is splendid ambience and range, a good stereo spread, clean definition and body. Both performances are immediately gripping: they are obviously of great distinction and I would go even further and say that they are inspired. Reiner was a Strauss conductor of quite exceptional insight and sympathy : his Tod und Verklärung seems to me the finest in the catalogue without exception and Till Eulenspiegel is certainly the equal of the finest both in terms of characterisation, orchestral playing and recording.” Gramophone Magazine (Strauss)

“Inexplicably divided into two short discs (previously one long one), these are ideally stylish and warm-hearted performances. The Strauss tone poems are highly charismatic.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2013 ****

“Reiner made many classic recordings of Strauss's music, and I think one of the best is this dramatic, fiery performance of Tod und Verklärung with the Vienna Philharmonic. With biting brass and radiant strings, it's an exhilarating experience.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, April 2014

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Strauss, R: Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24, etc.

Strauss, R:

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24

Horn Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 11

Don Juan, Op. 20


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Resonance - CDRSN3061

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Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs, Metamorphosen and Tod und Verklärung

Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs, Metamorphosen and Tod und Verklärung


Strauss, R:

Vier letzte Lieder

Gundula Janowitz

Metamorphosen

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24


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Richard Strauss: Orchestral Songs

Richard Strauss: Orchestral Songs


Strauss, R:

Das Rosenband, Op. 36 No. 1

Des Dichters Abendgang, Op. 47 No. 2

Freundliche Vision, Op. 48 No. 1

Heimliche Aufforderung, Op. 27 No. 3

Ich trage meine Minne, Op. 32 No. 1

Liebeshymnus, Op. 32 No. 3

Morgen, Op. 27 No. 4

Ständchen, Op. 17 No. 2

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24

Verfuehrung Op. 33 No. 1

Waldseligkeit, Op. 49 No. 1

Zueignung, Op. 10 No. 1

Traum durch die Dämmerung, Op. 29 No. 1


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Strauss: Tone-Poems

Strauss: Tone-Poems


Strauss, R:

Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40

Don Juan, Op. 20

Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24


Four great Straussian heroes (including Strauss himself), in sumptuous readings by Giuseppe Sinopoli. Also sprach Zarathustra and Tod und Verklarung receive taut, thrilling readings from the New York Philharmonic. Ein Heldenleben and Don Juan are spacious and gloriously recorded with plenty of colourful orchestral detail.

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B Minor 'Pathétique' & Strauss: Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B Minor 'Pathétique' & Strauss: Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24


Strauss, R:

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24

Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique'


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Strauss: Don Quixote & Tod und Verklärung

Strauss: Don Quixote & Tod und Verklärung


Strauss, R:

Don Quixote, Op. 35

Daniel Guilet (violin),

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24

Frank Miller (cello), Carlton Cooley (viola)


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Strauss: Four Last Songs; Orchestral Works

Strauss: Four Last Songs; Orchestral Works


Strauss, R:

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24

Metamorphosen

Vier letzte Lieder

Gundula Janowitz


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