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R. Strauss: Enoch Arden / Benjamin Luxon, Frederick Moyer

Release Date: 01/22/2007 
Label:  Jri Recordings (Formerly Jupiter)   Catalog #: 114   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Performer:  Benjamin LuxonFrederick Moyer
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“They sound joined at the hip as collaborators. Luxon's colourful, poignant declamation of the text is matched with superb fluency of gesture and detail by Moyer, who brings an almost Schumannesque sense of dark, light and rapture to Strauss's prismatic score. The performance draws you into the tale with the kind of wonder millions experience while immersing themselves in the adventures of Harry Potter.” GRAMOPHONE

“Coming from a composer most celebrated for his lush symphonic writing and soaring vocal lines, Richard Strauss' setting of Tennyson's romantic epic Enoch Arden is a decided oddity -- a long 75-minute poetry reading scored for speaker and piano. Yet Strauss brings such acute sensitivity and dramatic sweep to his
Read more setting of Tennyson's melodrama that it makes the saga of a decades-long love triangle breathe with renewed life. Benjamin Luxon's career was curtailed by hearing loss in the 1990s. Yet, backed by the sterling keyboard work of Frederick Moyer, the English baritone's intensely committed reading of the text makes a uniquely musical performance in itself. Luxon narrates with exemplary diction and his nuanced phrasing and subtle illumination of every detail of Tennyson's ornate lines makes for a compelling and ultimately moving experience … Beautifully recorded.” FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL
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Works on This Recording

Enoch Arden, Op. 38 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Benjamin Luxon (Spoken Vocals), Frederick Moyer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Germany 

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