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Strauss: Don Juan, Tod Und Verklarung / Celibidache, Stuttgart Radio


Release Date: 05/08/2009 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 453191  
Composer:  Richard StraussOttorino Respighi
Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Celibidache's Strauss might be viewed as an alliance of egos: brazen ideas fill the page in spontaneous abundance, then along comes the conductor-stylist to sensitize contours, hold phrases in hypnotic suspension, tidy, beautify and clarify. Celibidache's Don Juan is an Armani dresser, smooth-talking and trim as an athlete. Strauss's high woodwinds enjoy fine-tipped reportage, while the score's quiet centre is witty, seductive and deliciously pointed. Some detail is conspicuous (a slightly uncomfortable bassoon line at 2'31''), but the ardour of the string playing is remarkable and the principal climaxes are cumulatively overwhelming. This is of course very much Celibidache's territory, music where he can counter any hint of Read more coarseness with an alchemist's skill, or dissect a chain of musical events without killing it first. He relaxes to observe, but his observations are always meaningful: you will listen in vain for a sloppy or careless phrase - and I don't mean those minor imprecisions that habitually happen in any live performance.

Tod und Verklarung...is simply wonderful. The Allegro molto agitato passages are unstoppably impulsive (absolute internal clarity is an expected prerequisite) while the closing Moderato - taken very broadly - arches with maximum impact and nobility. And then there is Respighi's Pines of Rome, consistently refined and so intensely expressive in 'The Pines of the Janiculum' that the temptation to reach for the pause button and play it again is almost too strong to resist (no doubt Celibidache would have strongly disapproved). It goes without saying the six-minute procession along 'The Appian Way' is a real trail of glory and yet so much has happened beforehand that the 'laurels' seem even more justified than usual - not least for the orchestra and conductor. The playing of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony is utterly dedicated throughout; the overall sound picture is generally excellent, and there are precious few extraneous noises."

-- Rob Cowan, Gramophone [12/1999]
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Works on This Recording

1. Don Juan, Op. 20 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Germany 
2. Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Germany 
3. Pines of Rome by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1924; Rome, Italy 

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