Search MusicWeb Here


selling Internationally

aBritish Symphonies
4CDs £16 post-free

 

W.S. Bennett, Rootham, Moeran,
Bax, Rubbra, Rawsthorne, Berkeley
Alwyn, Grace Williams, Arnold, Wordsworth. Searle, Joubert


COMING SOON
Van Dieren Chinese Symphony
Searle Symphonies 3, 5
Shaw Piano Concertos 1 and 2


£11.75 post-free

  Founder: Len Mullenger
Editor-in-Chief: Rob Barnett

Some items
to consider

 

  • Groundbreaking Weber
  • Today's leading<br>clarinet-piano duo
  • Stellar debut<br>piano recital
  • Clarinet transcriptions Jonathan Cohler
  • French clarinet masterpieces
  • Groundbreaking Weber

MWI RECORDING
OF THE YEAR


CD review L Wright
BBC Prom
CBSO Birmingham

MWI Editor In Chief
Recording of the Year


Captivating scores

Symphonies - Philippe Jordan
A pleasure to see and hear


vital imagination


Henrik HELLSTENIUS
A harum-scarum springboard


Always expect the unexpected

REVIEW Plain text for smartphones & printers

Gerard Hoffnung CDs

Advertising on
Musicweb



Donate and get a free CD

New Releases

Naxos Classical

Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Préalable
Altus
Arcodiva
Atoll
CDAccord
CRD
Hallé
Hortus
Lyrita
Nimbus
Nimbus Alliance
Prima voce
Red Priest
Redcliffe
Retrospective
Saydisc
Sheva
Sterling
Toccata Classics


Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing
sample

Sample: See what you will get

Editorial Board
MusicWeb International
Editor in Chief
   
Rob Barnett
Seen & Heard
Editor Emeritus
   Bill Kenny
Editor in Chief
   Vacant
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]