Posts tagged as "richard-strauss"

Strauss: Sinfonia Domestica; Parergon; Eine Alpensinfonie; Macbeth

May 25, 2016

Zubin Mehta’s LAPO recording of Strauss’ ‘Sinfonia Domestica’ has long been considered a benchmark and after a considerable absence from the catalogue reappears here, coupled with the later ‘Parergon’ for piano (left hand) and orchestra. Equally celebrated is Mehta’s reading of the ‘Alpine Symphony’ and the set concludes with one of Strauss’ earliest tone poems, […]

Strauss: Four Last Songs; Orchestral Songs

May 25, 2016

Strauss had a lifelong affair with the soprano voice and many of his songs were written with his wife Pauline’s voice in mind. This collection brings together five songs performed with crystalline purity by Christine Schaefer as well as some more dramatic settings performed by Karita Mattila, concluding with Mattila’s reading of the immortal Four […]

Strauss: Ein Heldenleben; Don Juan; Also sprach Zarathustra; Tod und Verklärung

May 25, 2016

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.

Richard Strauss: Don Quixote; Till Eulenspiegel; Metamorphosen; Opera Interludes

May 25, 2016

Beginning with two rascally characters, the deluded Don Quixote and the prankster Till Eulenspiegel, this set includes remarkable recordings from the catalogues of Philips and Deutsche Grammophon with some recordings appearing on CD internationally for the first time – Haitink’s ‘Don Quixote’, Jochum’s blazing ‘Till Eulenspiegel’, shimmering Rosenkavalier Waltzes (both sets) and Munchinger’s recording of […]

R. Strauss: Orchestral Songs; Tod und Verklärung

April 29, 2016

Lovers of Richard Strauss’ music have long considered the Jerusalem disc of orchestral songs a ‘must-have’ in their collection. They are sheerly glorious – as is the ‘heldentenor’ of Siegfried Jerusalem. They are now reissued with Haitink’s searing account of ‘Death and Transfiguration’.

R. Strauss: Lieder; Dance of the Seven Veils (Salome); Boito: Mefistofele (prologue)

April 29, 2016

Given Bernstein’s sheer sweep of the music of Richard Strauss (the ‘Salome’ excerpts are spine-tingling) it’s a pity he didn’t record any more. These precious recordings with Montserrat Caballe, are valuable not only for Bernstein’s advocacy of Strauss on record but also for the Spanish singer’s shimmering interpretations – girl-like in the opera, ravishing in […]

R. Strauss: Horn Music

April 29, 2016

Barry Tuckwell provides his own, insightful liner notes for this, his second recording of the Strauss Horn Concertos (the first being with Istvan Kertesz). What makes this a particularly sought-after release is the inclusion of the rarities and the fact that Tuckwell has gone back to the original manuscripts. The Final Scene from ‘Capriccio’ is […]

Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 1; R. Strauss: Violin Concerto

April 29, 2016

If you think the three pieces on this disc make odd bedfellows, just listen to the opening of the finale of the Paganini, skip to the finale of the Strauss and then go into the Tchaikovsky Valse-Scherzo. Sparkling wit and virtuosity abound and what’s more, the Paganini receives its first release on CD (outside Taiwan), […]

Sibelius, R. Strauss: Songs

April 28, 2016

Tom Krause, the celebrated Finnish baritone, recorded Sibelius songs for Decca twice. These early 1960s recordings are among the most sought-after of Decca recordings and both the all-Sibelius as well as the Sibelius/Strauss LPs that he made are combined here on a single disc. The voice is fresh, youthful and hedonistic and for those unfamiliar […]

The Flagstad Recitals – Vol. 1: Schubert, Brahms, Schumann, Strauss, Wolf, Sinding

April 22, 2016

The first of four 2-CD ‘Flagstad Recitals’ features Kirsten Flagstad in Brahms and Schubert on CD1 as well as CD premieres of songs by Schumann (including her previously unpublished ‘Zum Schluss’), Strauss, Wolf and Sinding on CD2. Her great power and control placed her among those with the natural capacity for success in the ‘big’ […]

Flower Duet

April 22, 2016

Since the beginning of opera, the convention of the duet, in which two characters simultaneously express their feelings, has been one of the staple ploys of musical dramatists. Characters may join their voices in a unity of feeling, or in extreme disagreement, or in any one of the thousand shades in between; though in the […]

Royal Opera Gala

April 22, 2016

The stunning ‘Covent Garden Anniversary Album’ released complete for the first time on CD, coupled with Solti’s firecracker accounts of Overtures and Preludes. Soloists include a range of 1960s Covent Garden stalwarts, – Carlyle, Sutherland, Veasey, Minton, Shuard, Collier, Gobbi, Evans, Pears and Ward; and conductors – Downes, Bonynge, Walton and Goodall. Nearly 160 minutes […]