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Richard Strauss: Intermezzo Op. 72 / Simone Schneider, Brigitte Fassbaender, Markus Eiche. Ulf Schirmer

Album Summary

>Strauss, Richard : Intermezzo, Op. 72
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine, January 2015
Schneider is a dusky voice, with effortlessly bright and nuanced top notes when necesssary...She plays down her character's overbearing quality, as any soprano must if Pauline/Christine's 'beautiful soul', as Strauss put it, is to shine through...Schirmer's conducting is remarkable less for effulgence than clear textures.

The Guardian, 9th October 2014
It's a darker interpretation than any we've previously heard. The Strausses' feuding alter egos...are played by Simone Schneider and Markus Eiche - bigger-voiced, more dramatic singers than their predecessors - with the result that what is often presented as a sad comedy of misunderstandings becomes something altogether more troubling and abrasive. Ulf Schirmer's conducting is formidable.

The tension between a high-flying artistic existence and down-to-earth middle-class life in the person of the composer Richard Strauss was the theme of the 2011 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Richard Strauss Festival. The musical highlight of the festival was the concert performance of Strauss's opera Intermezzo (1924) by the Munich Radio Orchestra under Ulf Schirmer. Brigitte Fassbaender, artistic director of the Festival, was present on the stage - in many minor speaking roles and also as a skat player.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
This is still an interesting work, especially to those of us who love almost anything Strauss ever wrote. This recording gives us an excellent account of the score. The Munich Radio Orchestra gives its all under Ulf Schirmer, and the cast contains no weak links. In the major roles, Simone Schneider and Markus Eiche sing very well as the often-fighting couple; and Martin Homrich is just as fine in the curious part of the young Baron.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Werdenfelsaal (06/07/2011-06/08/2011).


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>Strauss, Richard : Intermezzo, Op. 72
  • Performers: Martina Welschenbach; Brenden Gunnell (Tenor); Markus Eiche (Baritone); Peter Schone; Sophie Mitterhuber; Maria Bulgakova; Simone Vocal] (Soprano); Gunter Missenhardt (Voice); Martin Homrich (Tenor); Michael Dries; Marc Kugel (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Ulf Schirmer
  • Ensemble: Munchner Rundfunkorchester
  • Notes: Werdenfelsaal (06/07/2011-06/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1918-1923