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Strauss: Music for Wind Ensemble / De Waart

Audio Samples

>Strauss, Richard : Serenade for 13 wind instruments in E flat major, Op. 7 (TrV 106)
>Strauss, Richard : Suite for 13 wind instruments in B flat major, Op. 4 (TrV 132)
>Strauss, Richard : Sonatina no 1 for 16 wind instruments in F major ("From the Workshop of an Invalid"), o.Op. 135 (Tr
>Strauss, Richard : Sonatina no 2 for 16 wind instruments in E flat major ("Happy Workshop"), o.Op. 143 (TrV 291, AV 14
>Strauss, Richard : Concerto for Oboe in D major, AV 144

Album Summary

>Strauss, Richard : Serenade for 13 wind instruments in E flat major, Op. 7 (TrV 106)
>Strauss, Richard : Suite for 13 wind instruments in B flat major, Op. 4 (TrV 132)
>Strauss, Richard : Sonatina no 1 for 16 wind instruments in F major ("From the Workshop of an Invalid"), o.Op. 135 (Tr
>Strauss, Richard : Sonatina no 2 for 16 wind instruments in E flat major ("Happy Workshop"), o.Op. 143 (TrV 291, AV 14
>Strauss, Richard : Concerto for Oboe in D major, AV 144
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Notes & Reviews:

This outstanding collection of Richard Strauss' works for wind instruments spans the entirety of Richard Strauss' creative career. The classic performances of these featured works were recorded in the early seventies by the Netherlands Wind Ensemble and conducted by the distinguished Dutch conductor Edo de Waart.

"Edo de Waart and this team of youthful Netherlanders manage to secure the utmost clarity and delicacy in performance. Tonal nuance, phrasing, ensemble and balance alike are excellent, and the recording engineers have achieved forwardness and richness of tone without excessive weight...the performance is superlative: altogether, this is an outstanding issue." -Gramophone Magazine

American Record Guide
The performances are solid and respectable...



Reviews

Strauss For Winds
Ironically enough, Straussí love affair with the woodwind family occupied the composer at the outset of his long career with the Serenade of 1881 and culminated with the 2 Sonatinas of 1943-45 near its conclusion. Straussí technical and intuitive grasp of instrumentation often found its most eloquent, urbane outlet in the body of works he specifically devised for winds. There is an ease of expression here that is uniquely refreshing. Absent is the sturm und drang of the tone poems or the bravura of the stage works. Perhaps it was the composerís admiration of Mozartís achievements in this realm that was the primary catalyst. Regardless, this is a significant subset of the composerís output which is often overlooked. Thanks to Newton Classics for reinstating this highly prized package from the 1970ís. As expected, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble does a terrific job with this repertory: ensemble, intonation, phrasing, balance and rhythmic precision are all given their proper due. Despite some significant competition, this set rises to the top of the pile by virtue of its ambitious scope as well as the inclusion of the lovely Oboe Concerto as performed by Heinz Holliger. Sonics are Grade A: an ideal blend of transparency and warmth. Packaging and liner notes are exemplary.
Submitted on 08/29/11 by conway 
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Works Details

>Strauss, Richard : Serenade for 13 wind instruments in E flat major, Op. 7 (TrV 106)
  • Conductor: Edo De Waart
  • Ensemble: Netherlands Wind Ensemble
  • Notes: Composition written: 1881.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1881

>Strauss, Richard : Suite for 13 wind instruments in B flat major, Op. 4 (TrV 132)
  • Conductor: Edo De Waart
  • Ensemble: Netherlands Wind Ensemble
  • Running Time: 23 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Strauss, Richard : Sonatina no 1 for 16 wind instruments in F major ("From the Workshop of an Invalid"), o.Op. 135 (Tr
  • Conductor: Edo De Waart
  • Ensemble: Netherlands Wind Ensemble
  • Notes: Wembley Town Hall, London (09/1971); The Netherlands (09/1971); Wembley Town Hall, London (1971); The Netherlands (1971)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1943

>Strauss, Richard : Sonatina no 2 for 16 wind instruments in E flat major ("Happy Workshop"), o.Op. 143 (TrV 291, AV 14
  • Conductor: Edo De Waart
  • Ensemble: Netherlands Wind Ensemble
  • Running Time: 39 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1944-1945

>Strauss, Richard : Concerto for Oboe in D major, AV 144
  • Performer: Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Edo De Waart
  • Ensemble: Netherlands Wind Ensemble
  • Notes: Composition written: 1945.
  • Running Time: 26 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1945