One of the most grown-up review sites around

50,000 reviews
and more.. and still writing ...

Search MusicWeb Here



International mailing

  Founder: Len Mullenger             Senior Editor: John Quinn               Contact Seen and Heard here  

Some items
to consider


A most rewarding CD
Renate Eggebrecht violin


Nick Barnard review
Michael Cookson review

Acte Prealable returns
with New Releases

Anderson Choral music

colourful and intriguing

Pekarsky Percussion Ensemble

one of Berlioz greatest works

Rebecca Clarke Frank Bridge
High-octane performances

An attractive Debussy package

immaculate Baiba Skride

eloquent Cello Concerto

tension-filled work

well crafted and intense

another entertaining volume

reeking of cordite

Pappano with a strong cast

imaginatively constructed quartets

the air from another planet

vibrantly sung

NOT a budget performance

very attractive and interesting

finesse and stylistic assurance

REVIEW Plain text for smartphones & printers

We are currently offering in excess of 50,400 reviews

Advertising on

Donate and keep us afloat


New Releases

Naxos Classical

Nimbus Podcast

Obtain 10% discount

Special offer 50% off
15CDs £83 incl. postage

Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Préalable
(THE Polish label)
Altus 10% off
Atoll 10% off
CRD 10% off
Hallé 10% off
Lyrita 10% off
Nimbus 10% off
Nimbus Alliance
Prima voce 10% off
Red Priest 10% off
Retrospective 10% off
Saydisc 10% off
Sterling 10% off

Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing

Sample: See what you will get

Editorial Board
MusicWeb International
Founding Editor
Rob Barnett
Senior Editor
John Quinn
Seen & Heard
Editor Emeritus
   Bill Kenny
Editor in Chief
MusicWeb Webmaster
   David Barker
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger

Support us financially by purchasing this disc from
Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949)
Operatic Orchestral Music
Four Symphonic Interludes from Intermezzo [23:02]
Sextet (Prelude) from Capriccio [12:30]
Potpourri from Die schweigsame Frau [4:20]
Guntram, Op.25 – Prelude [12:09]
Symphonic Fantasy from Die Frau ohne Schatten [22:51]
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra/Jeffrey Tate
rec. November 1991, January 1992; Concertgebouw de Doelen, Rotterdam
Full contents list at end of review
WARNER CLASSICS RED LINE 2564 636544 [76:57]
Beautifully recorded by EMI in late 1991 and early 1992, this 77 minute compilation of orchestral music from five of Strauss's operas has now been issued with minimal documentation on the super-bargain Warner Classics Red Line label.
It is perhaps a slightly random anthology but it spans a gamut of moods from the rumbustious "Potpourri" from "Die schweigsame Frau" to the drawing room elegance of the Sextet from "Capriccio". It has a kind of symmetrical, programming logic insofar as it is arranged such that the shortest, central piece of four minutes is book-ended by two pieces of twelve minutes and two of twenty-three minutes respectively.
Probably the least known work is the Prelude to Strauss's unsuccessful first opera Guntram; the influence of Lohengrin is very apparent and there are motifs and textures highly proleptic of Die Frau ohne Schatten; in fact the main theme starts identically to Barak's tender B flat - E flat - G paean to marital love. "Frosch" itself is here represented by the concluding "Symphonic Fantasy" from that opera, a version less exuberant than Erich Leinsdorf's own arrangement but there is no lack of plush velvet in the orchestral sound.
Indeed, all of the playing here is poised, aristocratic and beautifully transparent; Tate allows the individual instrumental strands of the often dense orchestration to emerge with the utmost clarity and the Rotterdam Philharmonic sounds like a major band.
For those who find Strauss in operatic mode to contain too many demanding or astringent passages, this selection represents him at his most melodic and indulgent. Having, as I write, only the evening before attended a superb performance of Die Frau ohne Schatten at Covent Garden, I find myself glad to be able to hear its most gorgeous melodies again so soon without having to concentrate over three hours.

Ralph Moore

Full Contents List
Four Symphonic Interludes from Intermezzo [23:02]
I. Reisfieber und Walzerszene: Lebhaft – Ewas ruhig – Etwas breit [9:01]
II. Träumerei am Kamin: Ruhig schwebend {8:10]
III. Am Spieltisch: Sehrgemächlich [3:25]
IV. Fröhlicher Beschluss: Sehr lebhaft und fröhlich [2:26]
Sextet (Prelude) from Capriccio [12:30]
Potpourri from Die schweigsame Frau [4:20]
Guntram, Op.25 – Prelude [12:09]
Symphonic Fantasy from Die Frau ohne Schatten [22:51]
Langsam [3:33]
(Langsam) – Sehr lebhaft [4:32]
Mäßig bewegt [2:27]
Mäßig bewegt [2:57]
Mäßig bewegt – Sehr bewegt – Sehr lebhaft [3:02]
Etwas feierlich beginnernd – Etwas breit – Viel ruhiger [6:20]