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R. Strauss: Complete Chamber Music & Music For Winds And Brass


Release Date: 10/12/1999 
Label:  Arts Music   Catalog #: 47570   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Performer:  Wolfgang SawallischElisabeth WoskaBegońa UriarteKarl-Hermann Mrongovius,   ... 
Conductor:  Klaus Rainer Schöll
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinnhoffer Quartet membersDuo Uriarte-MrongoviusVienna String Trio,   ... 
Number of Discs: 11 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This edition of Richard Strauss' chamber, brass, and wind oeuvre is completer than complete. Not only does it encompass all his original works in these genres (save for the gorgeous string sextet that opens the opera Capriccio), but also includes Strauss' own solo or duo piano arrangements of chamber and orchestral fare, as well as his complete original solo-piano output. For example, there are no less than three versions of the teenage composer's Serenade in E-flat for Winds Op. 7--the original scoring, a piano duo arrangement, and one for piano solo. True, much of Strauss' chamber music dates from his formative years and is of marginal interest in relation to his mature operatic and orchestral output. Yet there's no denying that from the Read more start the composer wrote with supreme confidence and effortless craftsmanship and possessed a Midas touch for effective instrumentation no matter how small or large his forces.

The performances are culled from live and studio sessions jointly produced by the Richard Strauss Institute and Munich and Bavarian Radio; all are of a high standard, even if you prefer alternative recordings of familiar fare like the Violin and Cello Sonatas and the late Sonatinas for Wind Ensemble. If one musician warrants singling out, it is Wolfgang Sawallisch, who gets a rare chance to flex his remarkable piano chops supporting the excellent cellist Peter Wöpke in the Op. 6 sonata. This is not to undervalue the excellent Mrongovius piano duo "de-orchestrating" the Second Symphony and Aus Italien, Gitti Priner's sensitive renderings of the lovely Op. 3 piano pieces, or the Bläser Ensemble Armadé's tonal opulence.

You probably won't want to hear occasional pieces like the military marches, fanfares, and other commemorative epherma on Disc 2 more than once or twice, but it's nice to know that you can. One quibble: Elisabeth Woska's engaging (if too forwardly balanced) narration in the melodram Enoch Arden is in German, and no texts or translations are provided. I suspect general collectors are more apt to pick and choose among these 11 discs on an individual basis rather than commit to a boxed set. Yet a comprehensive collection of this scope deserves a place in the library of any serious conservatory or music school, and will attract Straussophiles with ample shelf space.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com

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Works on This Recording

1. Serenade for Piano Quartet in G major, AV 168 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Wolfgang Sawallisch (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinnhoffer Quartet members
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1880; Germany 
Notes:   
2. Festmarsch for Piano Quartet in D major, AV 178 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Wolfgang Sawallisch (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinnhoffer Quartet members
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1884; Germany 
3. Pieces (2) for Piano Quartet: no 1, Arabischer Tanz by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Wolfgang Sawallisch (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinnhoffer Quartet members
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Germany 
4. Pieces (2) for Piano Quartet: no 2, Liebesliedchen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Wolfgang Sawallisch (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinnhoffer Quartet members
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Germany 
5. Quartet for Piano and Strings in C minor, Op. 13 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Wolfgang Sawallisch (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinnhoffer Quartet members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1883-1884; Germany 
6. Enoch Arden, Op. 38 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Elisabeth Woska (Spoken Vocals), Begońa Uriarte (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Germany 
7. Wedding Prelude, AV 108 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Karl-Hermann Mrongovius (Harmonium), Begońa Uriarte (Harmonium)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Uriarte-Mrongovius
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1924; Germany 
8. Das Schloss am Meere, AV 92 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Karl-Hermann Mrongovius (Piano), Elisabeth Woska (Spoken Vocals)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899 
9. Concerto for Horn no 1 in E flat major, Op. 11 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Wolfgang Sawallisch (Piano), Johannes Ritzkowsky (French Horn)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882-1883; Germany 
Notes: Transcribed: Richard Strauss  
10. Concerto for Horn no 2 in E flat major, AV 132 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Barton Weber (Piano), Johannes Ritzkowsky (French Horn), Wolfgang Sawallisch (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1942; Germany 
Notes: Transcribed: Richard Strauss  
11. Andante for Horn and Piano, AV 86A by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Wolfgang Sawallisch (Piano), Johannes Ritzkowsky (French Horn)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Germany 
12. Serenade for Winds in E flat major, Op. 7 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Wolfgang Sawallisch (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Germany 
Notes: Transcribed: Richard Strauss  
13. Improvisation and Fugue for Piano: Fugue, AV 81 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Gitti Pirner (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Germany 
14. Aus alter Zeit, AV 57 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Wolfgang Sawallisch (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Germany 
15. Suite for 13 Winds in B flat major, Op. 4 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Begońa Uriarte (Piano), Karl-Hermann Mrongovius (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Germany 
Notes: Transcribed: Richard Strauss  
16. Aus Italien, Op. 16 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Begońa Uriarte (Piano), Karl-Hermann Mrongovius (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Germany 
Notes: Transcribed: Richard Strauss  
17. Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 8 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Ernö Sebestyen (Violin), Wolfgang Sawallisch (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880-1882; Germany 
18. Allegretto for Violin and Piano in E major, AV 149 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Ernö Sebestyen (Violin), Wolfgang Sawallisch (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1948; Germany 
19. Daphne-Etüde, AV 141 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Ernö Sebestyen (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1945; Germany 
20. Sonata for Violin and Piano in E flat major, Op. 18 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Ernö Sebestyen (Violin), Wolfgang Sawallisch (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Germany 
21. Sonata for Cello and Piano in F major, Op. 6 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Wolfgang Sawallisch (Piano), Peter Wöpke (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880-1883; Germany 
22. Die ägyptische Helena, Op. 75 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Wolfgang Sawallisch (Piano), Peter Wöpke (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1923-1927; Germany 
23. Variations on a Bavarian Folksong by Richard Strauss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna String Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
24. Quartettsatz for Strings in E flat major, AV 211 by Richard Strauss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinnhoffer Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Germany 
25. Quartet for Strings in A major, Op. 2 by Richard Strauss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinnhoffer Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Germany 
26. Pieces (5) for Piano, Op. 3 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Gitti Pirner (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880-1881; Germany 
27. Stimmungsbilder for Piano, Op. 9 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Gitti Pirner (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882-1884; Germany 
28. Sonata for Piano in B minor, Op. 5 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Gitti Pirner (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880-1881; Germany 
29. Symphony in F minor, Op. 12 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Begońa Uriarte (Piano), Karl-Hermann Mrongovius (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; Germany 
30. Serenade for Winds in E flat major, Op. 7 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Begońa Uriarte (Piano), Karl-Hermann Mrongovius (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Germany 
31. Parade-Marsch for Piano no 1 in E flat major, AV 97 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Gitti Pirner (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Germany 
32. Parade-Marsch for Piano no 2 in D flat major, AV 98 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Gitti Pirner (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; Germany 
33. De Brandenburgsche Mars for Piano in D major, AV 99 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Gitti Pirner (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Germany 
34. Königsmarsch, AV 100 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Gitti Pirner (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Germany 
35. Dances (3) from "Capriccio" for Violin, Cello and Harpsichord by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Sebastian Hess (Cello), Wolfgang Sawallisch (Piano), Anna Kandinskaia (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1943; Germany 
36. Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in A major, AV 37 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Sebastian Hess (Cello), Wolfgang Sawallisch (Piano), Anna Kandinskaia (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Germany 
37. Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in D major, AV 53 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Sebastian Hess (Cello), Wolfgang Sawallisch (Piano), Anna Kandinskaia (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Germany 
38. Die ägyptische Helena, Op. 75 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Wolfgang Sawallisch (Piano), Wenn-Sinn Yang (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1923-1927; Germany 
39. Introduction, Theme and Variations for Horn and Piano in E flat major, AV 52 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Johannes Ritzkowsky (French Horn), Wolfgang Sawallisch (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Germany 
40. Romance for Clarinet and Orchestra in E flat major, AV 61 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Karl-Heinz Steffens (Clarinet), Wolfgang Sawallisch (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Germany 
41. Sonatina no 1 in F major, AV 135 "Werkstatt eines Invaliden" by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Klaus Rainer Schöll
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadé Wind Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1943; Germany 
42. Sonatina no 2 in E flat major, AV 143 "Fröhliche Werkstatt" by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Klaus Rainer Schöll
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadé Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944-1945; Germany 
43. Serenade for Winds in E flat major, Op. 7 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Klaus Rainer Schöll
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadé Wind Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Germany 
44. Suite for 13 Winds in B flat major, Op. 4 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Klaus Rainer Schöll
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadé Wind Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Germany 

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