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Mikko Franck, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France - Richard Strauss: Burleske; Serenade; Tod und Verklärung (2021)

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Mikko Franck, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France - Richard Strauss: Burleske; Serenade; Tod und Verklärung (2021)

Nelson Goerner, Mikko Franck, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France - Richard Strauss: Burleske; Serenade; Tod und Verklärung (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 227 Mb | Total time: 55:18 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics | # ALPHA 733 | Recorded: 2019-2021

The Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Mikko Franck continue their collaboration with Alpha and here invite one of the label’s flagship pianists, Nelson Goerner. The programme is devoted to Richard Strauss, coupling several of the German composer’s early works. The Burleske for piano and orchestra, written at the age of twenty, is brimming with lyricism and Romantic ardour; its tone colours herald Strauss’s operas, while the orchestration anticipates his symphonic poems. The piano part is exceptionally virtuosic: Hans von Bülow, for whom Strauss wrote it, called it unplayable! The Serenade for thirteen wind instruments harks back to Mozart’s Gran Partita K361 for similar forces.

Friedrich Gulda - Genie und Rebell (Genius and Rebel) (2010) 10 CD Box Set

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Friedrich Gulda - Genie und Rebell (Genius and Rebel) (2010) 10 CD Box Set

Friedrich Gulda - Genie und Rebell (Genius and Rebel) (2010) 10 CD Box Set
Mozart - Beethoven - Weber - Chopin - Debussy - Ravel - R. Strauss

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.59 Gb | Scans included | Time: 08:54:21
Genre: Classical | Label: Membran | # 233021

This compilation features recordings made between 1950 and 1959 and proves the outstanding pianist to be an equally brilliant and exciting performer of the works of Mozart, Beethoven, Weber, Chopin, Debussy, Ravel and Strauss. In addition the compilation boasts highlights from the legendary 1956 Birdland sessions.

Tasmin Little, Piers Lane - Richard Strauss, Ottorino Respighi: Violin Sonatas (2012)

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Tasmin Little, Piers Lane - Richard Strauss, Ottorino Respighi: Violin Sonatas (2012)

Richard Strauss, Ottorino Respighi: Violin Sonatas (2012)
Tasmin Little, violin; Piers Lane, piano

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 258 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 154 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 10749 | Time: 01:05:52

Tasmin Little has decided to showcase works by Ottorino Respighi and Richard Strauss in her latest recital album for Chandos. She is joined by the well-respected Australian pianist Piers Lane.

Christian Thielemann, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper - Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (2021)

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Christian Thielemann, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper - Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (2021)

Christian Thielemann, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper - Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 497 Mb | Total time: 128:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Prfeo | # C996202 | Recorded: 2014

This live recording of Ariadne auf Naxos in October 2014 took place not only at the site of the opera premiere of the version of the opera that we are best familiar with these days, but it also testifies Christian Thielemann’s first conducting engagement of a scenic performance of a Strauss opera at the opera house on the Ring. The cast includes Soile Isokoski as Ariadne, Johan Botha - in one of his latest performances before his untimely death - as Bachus, Daniela Fally as Zerbinetta, Sophie Koch as the composer, Jochen Schmeckenbecher as the music teacher and Peter Matic as the dancing master. Many attendees of the premiere of Strauss’ first version of Ariadne - which was intended to succeed Moliere’s Le Bourgeois gentilhomme and for this reason was six hours long - felt that they had just been part of a first-rate funeral.

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Philharmonia Orchestra - Richard Strauss: Capriccio (1987)

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Wolfgang Sawallisch, Philharmonia Orchestra - Richard Strauss: Capriccio (1987)

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Philharmonia Orchestra - Richard Strauss: Capriccio (1987)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 535 Mb | Total time: 61:57+73:01 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # CDS 7 49014 8 | Recorded: 1957-1958

Few singers have fused words and music as eloquently as Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, and few sopranos have proved more radiant in Strauss. All this makes her the ideal protagonist in the composer’s final opera, his ingenious and engaging ‘conversation piece’ on artistic themes. Schwarzkopf is joined by a cast of superlative stature and style and by a conductor intimately identified with the works of Strauss, Wolfgang Sawallisch.

Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker, Joyce DiDonato - New Year's Eve / Silvesterkonzert 2017 [Blu-Ray]

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Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker, Joyce DiDonato - New Year's Eve / Silvesterkonzert 2017 [Blu-Ray]

Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker, Joyce DiDonato - New Year's Eve / Silvesterkonzert 2017 [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 29950 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 87 min | 26,6 Gb
Audio1: Deutsch / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 96-bit / 4608 kbps | Audio2: DTS-HD MA / 5.0 / 96 kHz / 6351 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 87 min | 7,52 Gb
Audio: Deutsch / PCM / 2ch / 96.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 5ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | EuroArts | Sub.: English, German, Korean, Japanese

With her flexible, slender but dark-timbred mezzo-soprano, Joyce DiDonato is the star guest at Sir Simon Rattle’s side during the New Year’s Eve Concert, singing Richard Strauss’s lavishly beautiful orchestral songs. The programme also includes works by Dvořák, Stravinsky, Bernstein and Shostakovich and will create the perfect atmosphere for the New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker, Evgeny Kissin - New Year’s Eve Concert 2011: Dances and Dreams (2012) [Blu-Ray]

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Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker, Evgeny Kissin - New Year’s Eve Concert 2011: Dances and Dreams (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker, Evgeny Kissin - New Year’s Eve Concert 2011: Dances and Dreams (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 20954 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 88 min | 20,2 Gb
Audio1: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 16-bit / 1536 kbps | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit / 3658 kbps
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 88 min | 5,70 Gb
Audio: PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 16 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | EuroArts

In 2011 the Berliner Philharmoniker and their musical director Sir Simon Rattle welcomed in the New Year with a gala concert programmed with ‘Dances & Dreams’. Spinetingling and inspiring performances of music by Dvořák, Ravel, Richard Strauss, Stravinsky and Brahms are complemented by the extraordinary talent of the multi-awarded Russian pianist Evgeny Kissin. Kissin’s musicality, the depth and poetic quality of his interpretations, and his extraordinary virtuosity have placed him at the forefront of today’s pianists, and his passionate performance of the renowned Piano Concerto in A minor by Edvard Grieg is mesmerizing.

Gidon Kremer & Naoko Yoshino - Insomnia (1999)

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Gidon Kremer & Naoko Yoshino - Insomnia (1999)

Gidon Kremer & Naoko Yoshino - Insomnia (1999)
works by Jean Françaix, John Cage, Arvo Pärt, Richard Strauss, Nino Rota, Alfred Schnittke
Erik Satie, Toru Takemitsu, Michio Miyagi, Yuji Takahashi, Kaija Saariaho

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 315 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 194 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Contemporary | Label: Philips | # 289 456 016-2 | Time: 01:18:10

This is a handsome-looking compact disc release, with strikingly muted graphics in cool purple tones, featuring Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer and Japanese harpist Naoko Yoshina. Here the pretty graphics go a little too far: the buyer finds no listing of compositions on the outside of the package and has no way of knowing what is played aside from a bare mention of the names of the 11 composers featured. That's where the All Classical Guide comes in. The works were all written in the twentieth century. They are: Michio Miyagi's Haru no umi (Ocean in Spring, a calming, melodic piece); Kaija Saariaho's Nocturne for violin solo (a somewhat avant-garde coloristic piece); Toru Takemitsu's Stanza II for harp and tape (also pretty far out and very Japanese-sounding); Yuji Takahashi's Insomnia for violin, voices, and kugo (strange, but oddly soothing); a movement from Satie's Le fils des étoiles as arranged by Takahashi (austere); Jean Françaix's Five Little Duets (100 percent charming); the Étude for violin from Richard Strauss's Daphne (also charming); Six Melodies by John Cage (simple and pleasant); Arvo Pärt's Spiegel im Spiegel (even simpler and not startling); Nino Rota's love theme from The Godfather (you know this one); and the final movement from Schnittke's Suite in the Old Style (gently Classical except for one deliberately horrendous dissonance).

Kiri Te Kanawa, Hagegard, Wiener Philharmoniker, Ulf Schirmer - Richard Strauss: Capriccio (1996) 2CD, Reissue 2009 [Re-Up]

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Kiri Te Kanawa, Hagegard, Wiener Philharmoniker, Ulf Schirmer - Richard Strauss: Capriccio (1996) 2CD, Reissue 2009 [Re-Up]

Richard Strauss - Capriccio (1996) 2CD, Reissue 2009
Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano; Håkan Hagegård, baritone
Wiener Philharmoniker, conducted by Ulf Schirmer

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 596 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 328 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: DECCA | # 478 0333 | Time: 02:19:18

The discography of Strauss’s last opera is not exactly crowded, but the two existing accounts provide formidable competition for any newcomer. First there was Sawallisch, conducting the Philharmonia for EMI in 1957 (unfortunately in mono) and a cast led by Schwarzkopf, Ludwig and Fischer-Dieskau. Then, in 1971, came that other supreme Straussian, Karl Böhm, with Janowitz, Troyanos and (again) Fischer-Dieskau, recorded in Munich for DG. The new Decca set brings together many of today’s leading exponents of Strauss’s roles, dominated, for me, by the unsurpassed Clairon of Brigitte Fassbaender, now alas, never to be heard on stage again following her retirement. Heilmann and Bär make an ardent pair of rival suitors, Hagegård an admirable Count and Halem a sonorous, characterful La Roche. (There is a delightful link with the past history of the opera in the person of Hans Hotter: he sang Olivier in the 1942 premiere, La Roche in the 1957 Sawallisch set, and here, at 84 when recorded in December 1993, a one-line cameo as a servant.) For many, though, the set’s desirability will rest on Te Kanawa’s Countess.

Marc Albrecht, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra - Richard Strauss: Elektra (2012)

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Marc Albrecht, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra - Richard Strauss: Elektra (2012)

Marc Albrecht, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra - Richard Strauss: Elektra (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 475 Mb | Total time: 102:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Challenge Classics | # CC72565 | Recorded: 2011

This recording of Richard Strauss's opera Elektra by De Nederlandse Opera (The Netherlands Opera) was made in November 2011 at the Amsterdam Music Theatre. In addition to an impressive cast, it features the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Toonkunst Choir Amsterdam conducted by Marc Albrecht.

Riccardo Chailly, Lucerne Festival Orchestra - Richard Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra (2019)

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Riccardo Chailly, Lucerne Festival Orchestra - Richard Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra (2019)

Riccardo Chailly, Lucerne Festival Orchestra - Richard Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Tod und Verklärung, Till Eulenspiegel & Salome's Dance (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 346 Mb | Total time: 85:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 483 3080 | Recorded: 2017

Following critical acclaim for their world premiere recording of Stravinsky’s Funeral Song, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly return with a new collaboration featuring some of the greatest works in the orchestral repertoire by Richard Strauss, including Also sprach Zarathustra and Till Eulenspiegel, recorded live at the opening concert of the Lucerne Festival, 2017.

Carolyn Sampson, Joseph Middleton - Fleurs (2015)

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Carolyn Sampson, Joseph Middleton - Fleurs (2015)

Carolyn Sampson, Joseph Middleton - Fleurs (2015)
Schumann, Britten, Purcell, Fauré, Gounod, R.Strauss, Schubert, Poulenc, Debussy, Boulanger

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 272 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 168 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2102 | Time: 01:08:50

Those of us who rejoice in the crystalline beauty of Carolyn Sampson’s interpretations of Bach, Handel and Purcell will welcome this bouquet of songs on a floral theme, her debut recital disc. It’s been a long wait, but our patience is repaid handsomely. With pianist Joseph Middleton she savours some choice blooms from, among others, Britten, Chabrier, Schubert, Schumann, Gounod and Strauss, her glorious soprano particularly affecting in Fauré’s Le papillon et la fleur and the wonderfully perfumed Les roses d’Ispahan. Middleton plays with dextrous delicacy throughout and brings real virtuosity to Strauss’s Mädchenblumen. Highly recommended.

Wilhelm Furtwängler: Das Vermächtnis / The Legacy - Box 7: R.Strauss, Mahler, Hindemith, Strawinsky, Ptitzner (2010)

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Wilhelm Furtwängler: Das Vermächtnis / The Legacy - Box 7: R.Strauss, Mahler, Hindemith, Strawinsky, Ptitzner (2010)

Wilhelm Furtwängler: Das Vermächtnis / The Legacy - Box 7: R.Strauss, Mahler, Hindemith, Strawinsky, Ptitzner (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.29 Gb | Total time: 06:10:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Membran Music | # 233110 | Recorded: 1926-1954

Conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler already enjoyed a worldwide legendary standing during his lifetime - he was considered the German conductor and performances were greeted with rapturous applause. Today, more than 50 years after his death, Wilhelm Furtwangler is still an icon and his work has become an integral part ofthe music scene.

Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sinfonia Grange au Lac - Beethoven: Symphony No. 3; Richard Strauss: Metamorphosen (2019)

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Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sinfonia Grange au Lac - Beethoven: Symphony No. 3; Richard Strauss: Metamorphosen (2019)

Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sinfonia Grange au Lac - Beethoven: Symphony No. 3; Richard Strauss: Metamorphosen (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 354 Mb | Total time: 75:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics | Alpha 544 | Recorded: 2018

This live recording of Strauss’s Metamorphosen and Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony marks the birth on record of the ‘Sinfonia Grange au Lac’, an orchestra created in July 2018 on the occasion of the Rencontres Musicales d’Évian, the prestigious festival created by Mstislav Rostropovich in 1985 and revived since 2014. A musical ambassador intended to promote the excellence of its parent festival worldwide, the Sinfonia Grange au Lac consists of musicians from leading European orchestras (in Amsterdam, Berlin, Frankfurt, Leipzig, London, Lucerne, Munich, Paris, Salzburg, Valencia and Vienna) as well as existing groups such as the Trio Karénine and the Quatuor Ébène. And it was a stroke of genius to manage to secure the services of Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Benjamin Appl, James Baillieu - Heimat (2017)

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Benjamin Appl, James Baillieu - Heimat (2017)

Benjamin Appl, James Baillieu - Heimat (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 235 Mb | Total time: 66:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | 88985393032 | Recorded: 2016, 2017

German-born baritone Benjamin Appl studied with the legendary Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, whose voice his own resembles on the surface. But then he moved to England and has stayed on there. Heimat (Homeland) is not just an exploration of that German concept, but a personal statement and even a bit of an autobiography, with notes from the artist himself (find these if you listen via download or stream) explaining the resonances of each individual song. This kind of personal connection is what classical music in general needs right now, and all the more so in the rather closed tradition of the German Lied.