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Strauss: Enoch Arder & Piano Arrangements / Gieseking, Oppitz


Release Date: 08/04/2017 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 16048  
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Performer:  Walter GiesekingDietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

At the time he wrote Enoch Arden, Strauss was known primarily as a composer of tone poems, having made a name for himself with works such as Macbeth, Don Juan, Death and Transfiguration, Til Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks and Thus Spoke Zarathustra. The brilliantly orchestrated symphonic work From Italy was written at about the same time as Enoch Arden. It took Strauss a while to develop a reputation as an operatic composer: his opera Guntram was a critical failure. Of his 16 operas, Salome was the first to achieve any kind of fame, albeit of a rather scandalous and even infamous nature. Pianists have often deplored the fact that the gifted painter of orchestra colour wrote so little music for their instrument. Apart from the early Piano Read more Sonata in B minor, Op. 5, the Five Piano Pieces, Op. 3, the Funf Stimmungsbilder, Op. 9, and Theme, 15 Improvisations and Fugue, there are only the highly demanding piano accompaniments for the lieder and, of course, the piano part in Enoch Arden. Despite its rarity, the 50-minute work in two parts has remained more or less at the fringes of mainstream repertoire. Yet no less than the eccentric Canadian musician and Bach specialist Glenn Gould recorded it, although it ''clearly contains some of the most sentimentally unbearable music that Strauss ever wrote''. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Lieder (6), Op. 17: no 2, Ständchen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885-1887; Germany 
2.
Lieder (5), Op. 15: no 5, Heimkehr by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1886; Germany 
3.
Lieder (5), Op. 48: no 1, Freundliche Vision by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
4.
Lieder (5), Op. 48: no 4, Winterweihe by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
5.
Lieder (5), Op. 69: no 5, Schlechtes Wetter by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Germany 
6.
Enoch Arden, Op. 38 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Walter Gieseking (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Germany 

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