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Richard Strauss: Three Hymns, Op. 71; Opera Arias from Der Rosenkavalier, Capriccio & Ariadne auf Naxos / Soile Isokoski, soprano

Album Summary

>Strauss, Richard : Ariadne auf Naxos, Op. 60
>Strauss, Richard : Hymns (3) of Friedrich Hölderlin, for soprano or tenor & orchestra, Op. 71 (TrV 240)
>Strauss, Richard : Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59
>Strauss, Richard : Capriccio, Op.85
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Ondine is pleased to announce the new release of legendary Strauss-singer Soile Isokoski. A multiple award-winner, her recording of Strauss Four Last Song won a Gramophone Award in 2002. The rarely recorded Three Hymns are coupled with opera arias from Ariadne auf Naxos, Der Rosenkavalier and Capriccio. All of those arias are part of Soile Isokoski's standard repertoire, performing those roles regularly at opera houses like Vienna State Opera, Covent Garden, and Milan's La Scala.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
The orchestra sounds good but is much too loud. Texts, translations, and good sound. Better selections of Strauss arias are by Rysanek (N/D 1991) and Fleming (J/F 2000).

Sunday Times, 30th September 2012
Isokoski can match her great predecessors in her breath control. It's good to have a souvenir of her distinguished Marschallin and her Madeleine...With Kamu's Helsinki orchestra providing a lush underlay, Isokoski soars in the ecstatic Hölderlin settings.

The Guardian, 20th December 2012
The beauty of Isokoski's singing, with its even, lustrous tone and quiet stylishness, almost goes without saying, and those qualities are at their most beguiling in the Three Hymns. The technical quality is just as high in the opera extracts, but those performances seem to lack a vital dimension.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2013
The main attraction of the programme is the Drei Hymnen, which do not come round in recordings very often...As each of her three Straussian heroines, she embodies a very touching, human vulnerability.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Helsinki Music Centre (04/17/2012-04/18/2012); Helsinki Music Centre (04/20/2012).



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Works Details

>Strauss, Richard : Ariadne auf Naxos, Op. 60 :: Ein Schöes war
  • Performer: Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Kamu
  • Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Helsinki Music Centre (04/17/2012-04/18/2012); Helsinki Music Centre (04/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1911-1912

>Strauss, Richard : Ariadne auf Naxos, Op. 60 :: Es gibt ein Reich
  • Performer: Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Kamu
  • Notes: Helsinki Music Centre (04/17/2012-04/18/2012); Helsinki Music Centre (04/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1911-1912

>Strauss, Richard : Hymns (3) of Friedrich Hölderlin, for soprano or tenor & orchestra, Op. 71 (TrV 240)
  • Performer: Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Kamu
  • Notes: Helsinki Music Centre (04/17/2012-04/18/2012); Helsinki Music Centre (04/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1921

>Strauss, Richard : Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59 :: Die Zeit, die ist ein sonderbar Ding
  • Performer: Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Kamu
  • Notes: Helsinki Music Centre (04/17/2012-04/18/2012); Helsinki Music Centre (04/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1909-1910

>Strauss, Richard : Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59 :: Da geht er hin
  • Performer: Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Kamu
  • Notes: Helsinki Music Centre (04/17/2012-04/18/2012); Helsinki Music Centre (04/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1909-1910

>Strauss, Richard : Capriccio, Op.85 :: Closing scene
  • Performer: Soile Isokoski (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Kamu
  • Notes: Helsinki Music Centre (04/17/2012-04/18/2012); Helsinki Music Centre (04/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1940-1941