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Strauss - An Alpine Symphony ~ Richard Strauss
Strauss - An Alpine Symphony ~ Richard Strauss
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strauss on a Peak, 18 Sep 2012
Anyone who has experienced the sun rising over the Bavarian Alps will realise how perfectly and atmospherically Strauss has captured in his music this haunting and majestic display of nature. Despite its title, and the often symphonic treatment of its themes, this is a tone-poem, its programme depicting a youthful hiking expedition by Strauss and his friends to climb one of the alpine peaks. The timetable of the work traces the day's course from the hush before dawn to the fall of night 55 minutes later. Standing above the many musical images conjured up by the plentiful sectional subtitles (22 in all) is what Strauss himself called "the worship of nature, eternal and magnificent."… Read more
Strauss: Lieder/ Daniel Behle (Capriccio: C5110) ~ Daniel Behle
Discs of Strauss songs performed by a tenor are few and far between. On this and previous displays, Capriccio has here an international star of the first rank on its hands - perhaps even another Wunderlich. It is a pity that this is not recognised by including song translations for an international audience (German texts only are supplied). Behle's singing gives enormous pleasure. The voice is supple and lyrical, commanding a haunting mezza voce, with steel to the fore when required. His sheer musicality persuades the listener even in the less familiar works included here. The Strauss favourites are delivered with a consistent beauty of tone to melt any possible jaded reaction to yet… Read more
Cherubini - The Six String Quartets ~ Melos Quartet
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Cherubini was prominent among the many composers and musicians flourishing in Paris in the early 19th century. Music, and musical ideas, passed between the great capitals so it would be no surprise that Beethoven's quartets had travelled to Paris while Cherubini's liturgical and stage works had found their way to Vienna, attracting among their admirers the great German composer himself. Performances of Beethoven's symphonies in Paris after 1828 saw the beginning of a wider veneration of Beethoven in France. His chamber music would already have been well known in Paris so it does not seem too fanciful to suggest that Cherubini absorbed some of what he heard and, in the 15 years he outlived… Read more

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