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Strauss: Enoch Arden / Emanuel Ax, Patrick Stewart


Release Date: 08/28/2007 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 709056   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Performer:  Patrick StewartEmanuel Ax
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The melodrama, a genre in which a spoken text is declaimed over a musical accompaniment, was a popular form in the nineteenth century, but it failed to thrive in the twentieth. While performances of Strauss' 1897 setting of Tennyson's narrative poem "Enoch Arden" remain rare, it has aged well, and performances as fine as this are a testimony to its viability and its continuing ability to move the listener. Tennyson tells an achingly poignant story of three children, the two boys both growing to adulthood in love with the young woman, with delicacy and restraint. Strauss matches the story with a reserved but expressive piano accompaniment that supports and never overwhelms the narrative. Emanuel Ax plays with grace and deep Read more feeling, but the focus falls on Patrick Stewart's brilliant and powerful performance. His subtle and nuanced telling is far more effective than an overtly impassioned one would have been, and the naturalness of his reading is hugely compelling and moving. Ax closes the album with two short piano pieces that Strauss wrote when he was still in his teens; they serve as a moving and cathartic epilogue to the melodrama. This extraordinary performance of Enoch Arden should be of strong interest to anyone intrigued by the mystery of the relationship between music and poetry.

-- Stephen Eddins, AllMusic.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Enoch Arden, Op. 38 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Patrick Stewart (Spoken Vocals), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Germany 
Length: 53 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: English 
2. Pieces (5) for Piano Op. 3: no 1 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Weimar, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Weimar, Germany (1880 - 1881). 
3. Pieces (5) for Piano Op. 3: no 4 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Weimar, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Weimar, Germany (1880 - 1881). 

Sound Samples

Prelude. Andante. "Long lines of cliff breaking"
"So these were wed" Langsam
Allegro appassionato. "She when the day, that Enoch mentioned"
Tranquillo. "And so ten years, since Enoch left"
Annie's dream. Langsam. "When lo! Her Enoch sitting on a height"
Prelude. Allegro moderato. "And where was Enoch?"
"Thus over Enoch's early silvering head"
Allegro agitato. "When the dead man comes to life"
Langsam. "Women, disturb me not at the last"
Andante, Op. 3, No. 1 from Five Piano Pieces for Solo Piano
Allegro Molto, Op. 3 No. 4 from Five Piano Pieces for Solo Piano

Customer Reviews

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 strauss ; enoch October 23, 2013 By tony l. (east haven, CT) See All My Reviews "this is my first time listening to it,i love his operas,his choral music/and his horn concertos are great,but this one,is new to me..i would have to study it more closely ,in order to rate it.the spoken voice of mr. stewart is wonderful to hear." Report Abuse
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