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Strauss: Sinfonia Domestica, Etc / Sawallisch, Philadelphia


Release Date: 11/08/1994 
Label:  Emi Classics Special Import Catalog #: 55185   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Expansive, magisterial, and – particularly in Till Eulenspiegel – dramatically overblown. Excessive, perhaps, but deliciously so.

Little did Richard Strauss realise, when he composed his Sinfonia Domestica, that future generations would be able to hear his portrait of domestic life in the seclusion of their own homes. Even allowing for the inflated social edifices of the early years of this century, it is absurdly vainglorious. The composer, never one given to false modesty, gives himself a thrilling, heroic theme of the mountain-climbing villain-crushing variety that we associate with the Alpine Symphony or Ein Heldenleben. But that is nothing compared to the radiant eloquence of the theme he gives to baby Franz – an
Read more uncoiling of serpentine charm that has much of the beguiling sensuality of the ‘Dance of the Seven Veils’ in Salome. What was he on? My own son responded with ‘duck’, a word which he repeated with ever-increasing insistence right through the lullaby and into the sequence that is supposed to portray Richard and Pauline making love, at which he switched to ‘tick-tock’. So much for the universal language of music. This recording is the first in which the Philadelphia and their new chief conductor have tackled Strauss. The Festliches Präludium is a rarely performed Gothic extravagance. Its full-blooded nature sets the tone for the rest of the disc: expansive, magisterial, and – particularly in Till Eulenspiegel – dramatically overblown. Excessive, perhaps, but deliciously so.

5 out of 5 for performance
5 out of 5 for sound


-- BBC Music Magazine, Christopher Lambton
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphonia domestica, Op. 53 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902-1903; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1993 
Venue:  Live  Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Japan 
Length: 43 Minutes 0 Secs. 
2.
Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1895; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1993 
Venue:  Live  Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Japan 
Length: 15 Minutes 36 Secs. 
3.
Festive Prelude for large orchestra and organ, Op. 61 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Date of Recording: 05/1993 
Venue:  Live  Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Japan 
Length: 11 Minutes 11 Secs. 

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