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Sinfonia Domestica Parergon (Zinman, Pontinen)


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  • Orchestra: Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
  • Conductor: David Zinman
  • Composer: Richard Strauss
  • Audio CD (9 Jun 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arte Nova Classics
  • ASIN: B00008OE2L
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 255,571 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By someonewhocares2 on 15 Feb 2011
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The "Sinfonia Domestica" is not the most glamorous or pictorial of Strauss's symphonic poems and it doesn't have the best tunes but it is still a wonderful piece and is, I have to say, my favourite of them all. Its strength lies in its concentration of incident. Once you pick up the main ideas, the way in which Strauss manipulates them and combines them contrapuntally to build his large scale structures is enormously satisfying and truly symphonic. Strauss could be inclined to note-spinning but not here. Every note counts. Furthermore, the music builds to a final five minutes which is amongst the most viscerally thrilling music even Strauss wrote. If the neighbours complain, tell them to get lost or, better still, invite them in!

When every note counts, it is important that every note should be audible. That is one of the strengths of this disc. The recording is clear and beautifully balanced. The string tone may not be particularly opulent (though it is never scrawny) but, if that would, perhaps, be a disadvantage in, say, "Also Sprach Zarathustra", in the "Sinfonia Domestica" it is a definite plus point. Zinman is in complete control and produces an exciting and taut performance. There is, however, no lack of expressiveness in the music's many quiet pages.

An added attraction of this disc is that it includes the "Parergon" ("Afterthought") "on the Sinfonia Domestica" for piano (left-hand) and orchestra. This was one of those pieces which the pianist Paul Wittgenstein (brother of the famous philosopher), who had lost his right arm during the First World War, commissioned. It also reflects Strauss's worry over his son who had been seriously ill but who recovered. It uses, then, the "child's theme" from the "Sinfonia Domestica", though often only the first four notes.
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By Lance Edwards on 29 Dec 2013
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I didn't know this work but now it is one of my favourite tone poems of Strauss and comes beautifully played and recorded at a low price. Excellent!
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Zinman's Strauss 13 Jan 2006
By Eric S. Kim - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Critically acclaimed maestro David Zinman is as outstanding as the late Rudolf Kempe: he handles Richard Strauss' masterful tone poems magnificently. Every note is taken under direct precision, and there is no overblowing whatsoever. The Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich gives out spectacular emotion in almost every piece. The soloists, especially Melanie Diener as the soprano for "Four Last Songs", do a fine job and play their parts with clarity. As for the sound quality, it is most excellent when it comes to volume and beauty.

Each tone poem strikes me like lightning. Ein Alpensinfonie, Macbeth, Metamorphosen, & Tod Und Verklarung are very powerful to listen to. Aus Italien, Don Quixote, Don Juan, & Sinfonia Domestica have pure dynamism. Also Sprach Zarathustra, Oboenkonzert, Parergon, Vier Letzte Lieder, & Festliches Präludium are at their finest when it comes to Zinman's conducting. To know the rest is to listen to them straight through.

I highly recommend these seven CD's to anyone who is starting to have a keen fascination with Richard Strauss. It is low-priced for seven discs, and the brilliant performances from the Tonhalle Orchestra will just dazzle you completely. Also, try the Rudolf Kempe renditions with the Staatskapelle Dresden: they're either on EMI Classics or on Brilliant Classics.

Volume 1: Aus Italien, Macbeth Richard Strauss: Aus Italien; Macbeth

Volume 2: Ein Heldenleben, Tod und Verklarung Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben; Tod und Verklärung

Volume 3: Don Juan, Till Eulenspiegels, Also Sprach Zarathustra Richard Strauss: Don Juan; Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche; Also sprach Zarathustra

Volume 4: Ein Alpensinfonie Eine Alpensinfonie / Festliches Praludium

Volume 5: Metamorphosen, Oboe Concerto, Four Last Songs Metamorphosen / Oboe Concerto / Four Last Songs

Volume 7: Don Quixote R.Strauss: Don Quixote; Celloromanze; Bläserserenade
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A mundane reading of a score that needs all the advocacy it can get 22 Mar 2013
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Here is a Sinfonia Domestica without zest or interest. The Gramophone was irresponsible to boost zinman's Strauss cycle, whose main attraction was its low price (not considerably higher except on the used market, where two dollars seems about right for this CD). The Zurich Tonhalle plays the score proficiently enough, but Strauss's grandiose tribute to his home life, including baby's bath and an amorous interlude in bed, cries out for the most gorgeous, sumptuous playing. It doesn't get that here, and Zinman's workaday interpretation doesn't bring any insight to elevate the tawdry moments as Furtwangler so memorably did.

The filler is a derivative for piano and orchestra based on themes from the score, to which Strauss appended the esoteric title Parergon. Far more than a suite or a set of variations, it's an exercise in ingenuity - Strauss freely composes and recomposes, transforming melodic fragments into something new. But not necessarily better. The rambling, 22-min. Parergon hasn't had too many appearances on disc; the biggest name to record the piano solo part was Gary Graffman, coupled with the out-of-print Domestica led by Previn on DG (the main work has been reissued as part of a 6-CD Previn commemorative box set). Here we get Roland Pöntinen, who is unknown to me but a strong, convincing player who imparts energy to the proceedings. It's fascinating to hear how Strauss jimmies old themes into new guises, but the piano part noodles around too much. As a reading, this one is a small notch above the mundane domestica - Zinman tries to make something of the score's strange diversions into spookiness and gloom.
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