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Richard Strauss: Don Juan; Symphony in F minor / Frankfurt Opera House & Museum Orchestra; Weigle

Album Summary

>Strauss, Richard : Don Juan, Op. 20
>Strauss, Richard : Symphony no 2 in F minor, Op. 12 (TrV 126)
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Richard Strauss made an auspicious, threefold debut on 18 Oct 1885, age 21: as soloist in Mozart's Piano Concerto in c, K. 491, and as composer and conductor with his own Symphony in f, op. 12. "Symphony - splendid. His playing - like his conducting debut - simply astounding" was but one reaction. Despite this spectacular success, Strauss only achieved his definitive breakthrough as a composer with Don Juan, Op. 20 in 1888, a work revealing a completely new approach to instrumentation. These are the two works that feature on Vol. 3 of Sebastian Weigle's Richard Strauss orchestral series.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
Duo Silver-Garburg make the logical choice of two ballets arranged by the composer for piano 4-hands. Petrouchka for full orchestra has a piano part large enough to get the pianist billed almost as if it were a concerto. It is not a coincidence that the most often performed solo piano work at the last Van Cliburn competition was Stravinsky's highly virtuosic Trois Movements de Petrouchka. The composer's arrangement of the full ballet for 4-hands works very well and makes a great companion to Le Sacre. The performances here show an upper part played noticeably louder than the lower in many instances. There is also a difference of attack and sustain between the pianists, even when they are playing the same musical gesture. I would also like more volume and attack in the lower part, especially the bass drum thumps. Duo Silver- Garburg (a husband-wife team) have as perfect an ensemble as I've ever heard.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Alten Oper Frankfurt (03/02/2014/03/03/2014); Alten Oper Frankfurt (03/08/2015/03/09/2015).



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>Strauss, Richard : Don Juan, Op. 20
  • Conductor: Sebastian Weigle
  • Ensemble: Frankfurter Opern und Museumsorchesterá
  • Notes: Alten Oper Frankfurt (03/08/2015/03/09/2015)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1888-1889
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Strauss, Richard : Symphony no 2 in F minor, Op. 12 (TrV 126)
  • Conductor: Sebastian Weigle
  • Ensemble: Frankfurter Opern und Museumsorchesterá
  • Notes: Alten Oper Frankfurt (03/02/2014/03/03/2014)
  • Running Time: 42 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1884
  • Studio/Live: Live