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R. Strauss: Orchestral Works / Zinman, Et Al


Release Date: 02/14/2006 
Label:  Arte Nova   Catalog #: 984950   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Performer:  Primoz NovsakPeter SolomonMelanie DienerSimon Fuchs,   ... 
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle OrchestraZurich Tonhalle Orchestra Winds
Number of Discs: 7 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 7 Hours 50 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

As a Strauss conductor, David Zinman's interests lie more with making sense of the composer's complex linear strands than reveling in his dazzling sonorities and dynamic extremes. In other words, Zinman's a line guy, while Straussians like Kempe and Karajan are chord guys (Strauss is a chord guy disguised as a line guy). There's much to savor over the course of these seven discs. As my colleague Victor Carr Jr accurately observed in his earlier review of Disc 1's contents, the early Macbeth receives one of its hottest, most impassioned interpretations, while Aus Italien's wide-eyed lyricism is restrained to a fault. Ein Heldenleben hits and misses: the misses include the sluggish, square-toed woodwind chattering in "The Hero's Read more Adversaries", the hits include a breathtakingly unraveled "Battle". But note the dignified calm in Tod und Verklärung's final pages, and, at the outset, string playing whose careful dynamic gradations and rhythmic alignment would have made Toscanini proud.

The promise of Also sprach Zarathustra's first half doesn't quite pan out in the second (a sluggish, underplayed Dance Song and Night Song). By contrast, Don Juan is sharply characterized and proportioned, though not so sizzling as Kempe's or Szell's--but whose is? Some may find Till Eulenspiegel a bit hard-driven and unaffectionate, yet Zinman's gaunt, chamber-like conception grows on me with each hearing.

Zinman's Alpine Symphony mirrors the rounded elegance of Karajan's early digital DG recording, but with more accomplished first-desk playing and better-balanced sonics. He also surpasses the venerable Böhm traversal of the garish Festival Prelude (perhaps the worst orchestral composition by a major composer). Zinman leads a disciplined Sinfonia Domestica that proves more genial and less regimented than Szell/Cleveland, even if we've long been spoiled by Neeme Järvi's stunning brass section. Although Zinman's Metamorphosen doesn't match Karajan's uniform tonal beauty or Kempe's surging climaxes, he takes uncommon care to place the solo and ensemble lines in proper perspective.

All of the works with soloists are played well, especially Simon Fuchs' supple, rich-toned traversal of the Oboe Concerto and Roland Pöntinen's incisive, frighteningly assured left-hand work in the Parergon. While Kempe/Dresden reigns as the Strauss collection of reference, Zinman's clear-headed, intelligent interpretations are well worth getting to know.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Aus Italien, Op. 16 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Germany 
Venue:  Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland 
Length: 44 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland (01/04/2000 - 01/05/2000) 
2.
Macbeth, Op. 23 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1891; Germany 
Venue:  Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland 
Length: 19 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland (01/04/2000 - 01/05/2000) 
3.
Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897-1898; Germany 
Venue:  Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland 
Length: 49 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland (01/15/2001 - 01/16/2001) 
4.
Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Germany 
Venue:  Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland 
Length: 25 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Notes: Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland (02/06/2000 - 02/07/2000) 
5.
Don Juan, Op. 20 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/16/2001 
Venue:  Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland 
Length: 16 Minutes 56 Secs. 
6.
Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1895; Germany 
Venue:  Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland 
Length: 14 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland (02/05/2001 - 02/06/2001) 
7.
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Primoz Novsak (Violin)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895-1896; Germany 
Venue:  Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland 
Length: 34 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland (02/05/2001 - 02/06/2001) 
8.
Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911-1915; Germany 
Venue:  Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland 
Length: 52 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland (02/11/2002 - 02/13/2002) 
9.
Festive Prelude for large orchestra and organ, Op. 61 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Peter Solomon (Organ)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Venue:  Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland 
Length: 11 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland (02/11/2002 - 02/13/2002) 
10.
Metamorphosen for 23 solo Strings, AV 142 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1945; Germany 
Venue:  Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland 
Length: 28 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland (05/06/2002 - 05/08/2002) 
11.
Four Last Songs, AV 150 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Melanie Diener (Soprano)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1948; Germany 
Venue:  Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland 
Length: 22 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland (05/06/2002 - 05/08/2002) 
12.
Concerto for Oboe in D major, AV 144 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Simon Fuchs (Oboe)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1945-1948; Germany 
Venue:  Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland 
Length: 24 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland (05/06/2002 - 05/08/2002) 
13.
Symphonia domestica, Op. 53 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902-1903; Germany 
Venue:  Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland 
Length: 43 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland (05/03/2002 - 05/04/2002) 
14.
Parergon zur Symphonia domestica, Op. 73 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Roland Pöntinen (Piano)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Written: 1925 
Venue:  Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland 
Length: 22 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland (05/03/2002 - 05/04/2002) 
15.
Don Quixote, Op. 35 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Michel Rouilly (Viola), Thomas Grossenbacher (Cello)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896-1897; Germany 
Venue:  Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland 
Length: 41 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland (02/10/2003 - 02/11/2003) 
16.
Romance for Cello and Orchestra in F major, AV 75 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Thomas Grossenbacher (Cello)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Germany 
Venue:  Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland 
Length: 9 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland (02/10/2003 - 02/11/2003) 
17.
Serenade for Winds in E flat major, Op. 7 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra Winds,  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/06/2000 
Venue:  Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland 
Length: 8 Minutes 18 Secs. 
18.
Metamorphosen for 23 solo Strings, AV 142 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1945; Germany 
Venue:  Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland 
Length: 28 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland (05/06/2002 - 05/08/2002) 

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