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Symphonic Poems, Vol. 2

Strauss, R: Symphonic Poems, Vol. 2

The Classical Shop
release date: May 2004

Originally recorded in 2003


Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Neeme Jarvi

Raphael Wallfisch



Caird Hall, Dundee

SNO Centre, Glasgow


Brian Couzens


Ralph Couzens

Record Label
Chandos Classics


Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 153:16
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Symphonia domestica Op.53

  Part I  
1 Introduktion - 5:16
2 Scherzo - 12:05
3 Adagio 11:38
  Part II  
4 Finale - 3:28
5 Epilogue 9:36

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op.28


Macbeth, Op.23


Don Quixote, Op.35

  Fantastic Variations on a Theme of Knightly Character  
  Edwin Paling violin solo  
  John Harrington viola solo  
8 Introduktion - 8:55
9 Variation I. Das Abenteuer mit den Windmühlen - 2:37
10 Variation II. Der Kampf gegen die Hammelherde - 1:39
11 Variation III. Gespräche zwischen Ritter und Knappe - 8:31
12 Variation IV. Das Abenteuer mit der Prozession von Büßern - 1:54
13 Variation V. Don Quixotes Wacht in der Sommernacht - 4:34
14 Variation VI. Die verzauberte Dulzinea - 1:13
15 Variation VII. Der Ritt durch die Luft - 1:10
16 Variation VIII. Die Fahrt auf dem verzauberten Nachen (Barcarolle) - 1:50
17 Variation IX. Der Kampf gegen die vermeintlichen Zauberer: der Angriff auf die Mönche - 1:05
18 Variation X. Zweikampf mit dem Ritter vom blanken Monde; Heimkehr des geschlagenen Don Quixote - 4:22
19 Finale. Don Quixotes Tod 6:02

Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30

20 Einleitung- 2:17
21 Von den Hinterweltlern - 3:33
22 Von der großen Sehnsucht - 1:46
23 Von den Freuden- und Leidenschaften - 2:05
24 Das Grablied - 2:03
25 Von der Wissenschaft - 4:13
26 Der Genesende - 4:53
27 Das Tanzlied - 7:43
28 Nachtwanderlied 3:56
 Raphael Wallfisch cello*
 Neeme Jarvi
  9 December 1986 & 21-23 August 1987 (Symphonia domestica & Till Eulenspiegel)  
  23-24 October 1989 (Macbeth), 11-12 January 1987 (Also sprach Zarathustra)  
  25 April 1988 (Don Quixote)  
Volume 2 of Chandos’ important recordings of Strauss’s symphonic poems is now available on its Classics label.

The disc features some of Strauss’s most brilliant and popular works.

These recordings were enthusiastically reviewed when first released for the quality of sound and interpretation.

The recordings by Järvi and the Scottish National Orchestra of Richard Strauss’s music were considered by many to be top choice for the repertoire.

When the Symphonia domestica was first performed in 1904, solemn critics took Strauss to task for his ‘tastelessness’ in writing music about his family life with his wife, Pauline, and son, Franz. He was as astonished by this attitude then as we are today. ‘What can be more serious than married life?’ Strauss asked. ‘Marriage is the most serious happening in life, and the holy joy over such a union is intensified by the arrival of a child.’ A short theme for cellos (‘merry’) depicts the father (Strauss himself). The mother (Pauline) has three themes marked ‘tender’,‘hot-tempered’ and ‘quarrelsome’. The child (Franz) is depicted by a gentle melody for oboe d’amore with tremolando violins.

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Strauss’s musical portrait of the rascally German fourteenth-century folk hero, is one of his most popular and brilliant tone poems. Strauss’s inspired use of rondo form as a frame for Till Eulenspiegel’s ‘merry pranks’ allows him to make each episode a sharply defined character study.

An unusual feature of Macbeth is the use of the bass trumpet, which Strauss had heard in Wagner’s Ring while working at Bayreuth in 1890.

Don Quixote is perhaps the greatest of Strauss’s tone poems. It is in the form of an introduction, theme and variations, but it is also a type of sinfonia concertante for cello, viola and orchestra.

Today, when Nietzsche’s idea of the Superman is outmoded and discredited, Strauss’s tone poem based on Nietzsche’s prose poem Also sprach Zarathustra remains enjoyable for its purely musical attributes, not least of which is the richness and variety of the scoring, ranging from the opulence of the famous ‘Sunrise’ opening for trumpets, timpani and organ, to passages where the symphony orchestra is reduced to the intimacy of a chamber group.

Järvis interpretation of Domestica is both genial and sharply characterised, with remarkable playing by the SNO.
Gramophone on Symphonia domestica

Järvis is a strongly characterised, good-natured account… gutsy and committed…
The Penguin Complete Guide on Symphonia domestica

The orchestra plays magnificently, whether in powerful outbursts or lyrical moments of aching beauty like the strings, violin and viola solo in the Grablied… Järvis Strauss series is an important set of recordings that will hold an honoured place alongside Chandos Prokofiev and Bax cycles.
Fanfare on Also sprach Zarathustra

…a sense of joy right to the end…
BBC Music Magazine ‘Building a Library’ on Symphonia domestica

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