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Wolf/Pfitzner/R. Strauss - Orchestral Works

Hans Pfitzner , Hugo Wolf , Richard Strauss , Otmar Suitner , Berlin Staatskapelle Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Berlin Staatskapelle
  • Conductor: Otmar Suitner
  • Composer: Hans Pfitzner, Hugo Wolf, Richard Strauss
  • Audio CD (28 Mar 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Berlin Classics
  • ASIN: B0000035RJ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,720 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3. Penthesilea, Sym Poem: Fights, Passions, Madness, Extinction - Staatskapelle Berlin/Otmar Suitner
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5. Incidental Music To Kleist's 'Kathchen Von Heilbronn' Op.17: Melodram - Juliane Koren/Frank Lienert
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7. Fant, Op.65 - Staatskapelle Berlin/Otmar Suitner

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This disc is valuable in 2 respects, firstly for enabling us to hear music seldom performed, and secondly in adding to our appreciation of the superb musicianship of the late Otmar Suitner, a conductor who has not received his due recognition, certainly in the UK.
Recorded in 1980 and 81 with Berlin Sinfonie Orkester, the venue being as ever the Jesuskirche in then East Berlin, this disc was billed as orchestral rarities. Since that time, the FROSCH orchestral poem and even the Overture from Kätchen von Heilbronn have begun to be played and recorded more regularly, but the Wolf Penthesilea is a real rarity-I for one had never heard it nor heard of it!
Based on a drama by Kleist, the suite recalls extracts from the legend in which the Queen of the Amazons leads her warriors to doom at the Siege of Troy. It's a sprawling, massively orchestrated piece in 3 movements, EXTREMELY post-Wagnerian and heavy in orchestration but light on thematic development. The 3rd movement depicting the final onslaught is quite fun, with quotes either witting or unwitting from Tristan and even Meistersinger peppered throughout. It's not a long lost masterpiece about to make its welcome return to the mainstream repertoire, but it's enjoyable enough to warrant an occasional outing and I'm glad to have it in my collection.
I'll declare a bias-I cannot stand the music of Pfitzner-I was initially put off listening to Thielemann conduct because of his advocacy of Pfitzner's music earlier in his career. Having said that, the Kätchen Overture is pleasant enough, though its main lyrical theme always reminds of a sentimental Irish ballad sung in a pub. The other two Kätchen pieces are dull- to excruciating in the case of the Melodram, where actors recite some of the lines from Kleist's (again!
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