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Aus Italien/Liebe Der Dan CD


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  • Audio CD (7 Dec 1994)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0000274MO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 212,878 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Aus Italien, Op. 16; Die Liebe der Danae; Der Rosenkavalier - Waltz sequence No. 2.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER on 1 Feb 2014
"Aus Italien" is the earliest of Strauss's tone poems, written by the twenty-two-year-old composer following an inspirational trip to Italy. Given the enormous popularity of his compositions these days, it is surprising that it has received fewer than a dozen recordings and remains scanted by most conductors. OK; it's not as convincing or ebullient a work as later masterpieces but is provides early confirmation of Strauss's genius as a colourist and also of his ability to glean examples from predecessors like Wagner and synthesise them into a new style. Unlike other tone poems, this is still broken into four symphonic movements rather than through-composed and despite his attempt to confer some unity on the whole by incorporating thematic from the first three movements into the last "Funiculì, Funiculà" scene, it remains a fairly fragmented conception - but a delightful one. It is a piece that invites comparison with Elgar's "In the South (Alassio)", also prompted by an Italian holiday and similarly "full of the warm south".

The Slovak Philharmonic is a fine orchestra and conductor Zdenék Kosler evinces evident enjoyment of Strauss's fluid line. I feel at times he could inject a little more drive and energy into proceedings but he chooses to emphasise the lyrical side to the young Strauss's inspiration. The "Symphonic Fragment" from "Die Liebe der Danae" assembled by Clemens Krauss is a grander affair and Kosler's more epic manner confirms that his restraint in "Aus Italien" was deliberate. This is a glorious piece, warm, glowing and melodious - and beautifully played here. The "Rosenkavalier" suite is a welcome bonus and played with real abandon, although the duration of this disc remains under an hour. Still it is available very cheaply and provides an expertly and affectionately played programme of rarer Strauss which devotees like me will want to own.
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