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Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier Suite, Etc / Lopez-cobos


Release Date: 06/20/1995 
Label:  Telarc   Catalog #: 80371   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Performer:  Jeffrey KahaneMichael Chertock
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Richard Strauss’s Salome was unsurprisingly the scandal of its time. For years nobody outside Germany would produce it. The celebrated ‘The Dance of the Seven Veils’ which Salome performs before Herod in return for the head of John the Baptist was the last section of the opera to be composed. Jesús López-Cobos’s reading is truly hedonistic, sensual and decadent; his rhythms sinuous, seductive, his nuances and phrasings evocative of Salome’s every twist and turn and ‘revelation’. His harsh tuttis are redolent of the drooling of the lascivious and cruel Herod.

The main item in this programme is the Suite from Strauss’s most popular opera, Der Rosenkavalier. The music reflects the intensity and innocence of
Read more youthful romance as between Sophie and Octavian (The Presentation of the Rose), the fading romantic aspirations of the ageing Marschallin and the boorish lechery and comical come-uppance of Baron Ochs; funny how the best-known and best-loved waltz in the opera is associated with him. Above all it is an opulent celebration of the waltz. All those wonderful glittering tunes are paraded here and affectionately performed, if at times a little shakily, but without undue sugariness.

The Burleske is one of two unfinished Strauss works for piano and orchestra – the other was a Rhapsody, since lost. The Burleske, so named by Eugen d’Albert who completed the work, was originally named a Scherzo by Richard Strauss. We have d’Albert’s formidable technique to thank for such a sparkling work. There is a certain Brahmsian quality about it but the harmonies and luscious orchestration are undoubtedly Straussian. It is well named for there is a sense of the sardonic and of pomposity deflated in many of its pages and the usual languid romantic moments are interspersed. Jeffrey Kahane surmounts its virtuosic demands with aplomb.

To the bottom of this review and, it must be said, bottom-drawer Richard Strauss. The Festival Prelude for Organ and Orchestra was composed in 1913 for the opening of Vienna’s newest concert hall. Its pomposity and banality must have impressed some important personage - possibly the Emperor? - who opened the hall. It sounds like something left over in the 1930s on a desk in the Warner Bros music department. The Telarc sound throughout is luscious and clear.

An enjoyable collection.

-- Ian Lace, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Salome, Op. 54: Dance of the seven veils by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 9 Minutes 9 Secs. 
2.
Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59: Suite by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1910; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 22 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: This suite was probably assembled by Artur Rodzinski. 
3.
Burleske for Piano and Orchestra in D minor, AV 85 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Jeffrey Kahane (Piano)
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885-1886; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 21 Minutes 6 Secs. 
4.
Festive Prelude for large orchestra and organ, Op. 61 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Michael Chertock (Organ)
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 12 Minutes 24 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 Uplifting Strauss July 10, 2014 By Robert E. (New York, NY) See All My Reviews "I acquired this disc specifically for the Burlesk for Piano & Orchestra and was richly rewarded by both the orchestra and the pianist. Jeffrey Kahane's performance is first-rate; a brilliant tour de force and the Cincinnati forces are luminous throughtout. Altogether, this is a perfect album to turn to whenever you might need an emotional lift....works for me!" Report Abuse
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