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Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Capriccio Sextet / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony

Strauss / Seattle Sym / Schwarz
Release Date: 10/30/2012 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8571218  
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Performer:  Ikka Talvi
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Autobiographical in content, Richard Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben is one of a series of tone-poems, including Also sprach Zarathustra (Naxos 8.571215), in which he explored the utmost limits of extra-musical content in this form. The hero passes through love and adversity, confrontation, triumph in battle and fulfilment in a single, powerfully descriptive symphonic span. Gerard Schwarz’s Ein Heldenleben has been acclaimed as “exciting and inspired” (Gramophone). The opera Capriccio is a romantic struggle to choose between words and music which opens with a gloriously bitter-sweet string sextet. Autobiographical in content, Richard Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben is one of a series of tone-poems, including Also sprach Zarathustra (Naxos 8.571215), in which he explored the utmost limits of extra-musical content in this form. The hero passes through love and adversity, confrontation, triumph in battle and fulfilment in a single, powerfully descriptive symphonic span. Gerard Schwarz’s Ein Heldenleben has been acclaimed as “exciting and inspired” (Gramophone). The opera Capriccio is a romantic struggle to choose between words and music which opens with a gloriously bitter-sweet string sextet. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Ikka Talvi (Violin)
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897-1898; Germany 
2. Capriccio, Op. 85: Prelude by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1940-1941; Germany 

Sound Samples

Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life), Op. 40, TrV 190: Der Held (The Hero) - Des Helden Widersacher (The Hero's Enemies) - Des Helden Gefahrtin (The Hero's Companion) -
Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life), Op. 40, TrV 190: Des Helden Walstatt (The Hero's Field of Battle) - Des Helden Friedenswerke (The Hero's Works of Peace) - Des Helden Weltflucht und Vollendung (The Hero's Retreat from the World and Fulfilment)
Capriccio, Op. 85: String Sextet, TrV 279a (version for string orchestra)

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