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Release Date: 04/04/2006 
Label:  Nightingale Classics   Catalog #: 190087   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Friedrich Haider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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R. STRAUSS Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche: Excerpts . Der Rosenkavalier: Waltzes. Schlagobers: Suite ? Friedrich Haider, cond; Gothenberg SO ? NIGHTINGALE NC 190087 (52:38)


What a great idea! The lighter side of Richard Strauss takes in the delightful as well as the outrageous. Two of the three offerings on this disc will be more than familiar to Read more collectors? Till and the Rosenkavalier waltz sequences. But it is maybe Schlagobers (?Whipped Cream?) that will prove to be the decisive factor here.


But first, Eulenspiegel . The issuing company, Nightingale Classics, has chosen to provide track points for each and every little episode (26 in all), something that reflects the depth and detail of their accompanying notes by Roswitha Schlötterer-Traimer. A pity that the track titles are given in German only, though. The recording, while warm, hides nothing either?some might argue it is too close, but no one can say it is not involving. There is real depth, yet the lower frequencies are not muddy, an essential in Strauss where motives equally appear in subterranean areas as will as stratospheric ones. Most of all, this Till has plenty of character. He is a clear fairy-tale character, mischievous and lovable, and the Gothenburg players lavish great affection whenever they can on this score (the Epilogue has real warmth). True, this will not displace the truly great Eulenspiegel s?Furtwängler and Karajan fans perhaps can breathe easy?but this is no non-starter. In his review of Haider?s Lucia di Lammermoor , David L. Kirk wrote of Haider?s ?dramatically alert performance with crisp direction? ( Fanfare 29:4), positives that are everywhere in evidence here.


The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra brings tremendous swagger to the beginning of the first Rosenkavalier waltz suite (although one must hear Carlos Kleiber on DG for a true Viennese feel). Yet Haider is notable for bringing a pronounced chamber music feel to the more delicate sections. The more outgoing passages seem rather restrained, though, perhaps through a rather tentative orchestra? Certainly a couple of the more congested passages can lose the listener?s confidence, and a more infectious waltz feel would have been welcome, particularly in the second suite.


Last and most certainly not least, the small suite from the ballet Schlagobers . The plot concerns the dangers of eating too many sweets?the result of which is that these very sweets start dancing. You have been warned.


The Gothenburg players bring a lovely delicacy to the opening, ?Tanz der Teeblute.? Actually, this dance is quite slinky, almost like a ?Dance of the Seven Tea Leaves.? The scoring is magical (here and elsewhere). Interesting; the movement entitled ?Träumerei? is not idyllic Schumannesque dreaming, as there are some clouds here. A shame that the final ?Langsamer Waltz? does not find the Gothenburgers letting their hair down more, but there is a huge amount to enjoy here.


Well worth hearing, then.


FANFARE: Colin Clarke
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Works on This Recording

1. Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59: Waltz sequence no 1, Acts 1-2 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Friedrich Haider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1944; Germany 
2. Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59: Waltz sequence no 2, Act 3 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Friedrich Haider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; Germany 
3. Schlagobers, Op. 70: Suite by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Friedrich Haider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1921-1922; Germany 
4. Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Friedrich Haider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1895; Germany 

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