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Neeme Järvi - Strauss: Symphony No. 2 in F minor; Six Songs; Romanze for Cello and Orchestra (2004)

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Title: Strauss: Symphony No. 2 in F minor; Six Songs; Romanze for Cello and Orchestra
Year Of Release: 2004
Label: Chandos Records
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (tracks)
Total Time: 01:16:17
Total Size: 329 Mb


Symphony No. 2 in F minor, Op. 12, TrV 126
01. I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
02. II. Scherzo: Presto
03. III. Andante cantabile
04. IV. Finale: Allegro assai, molto appassionato

05. Romance for cello & orchestra in F major, o.Op. 75, TrV 118

6 Songs for voice & piano (or orchestra) ("Brentano Lieder"), Op. 68, TrV 235
06. 1. An die Nacht
07. 2. Ich wollt' ein Strausslein binden
08. 3. Sausle, liebe Myrthe
09. 4. Als mir dein Lied erklang
10. 5. Amor
11. 6. Lied der Frauen

Neeme Järvi - Conductor
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Eileen Hulse - Soprano (Vocal)
Raphael Wallfisch - Cello
Edwin Paling - Leader
Richard Strauss - Composer

Those who know Richard Strauss' tone poems but little else may encounter a few surprises on this 2004 compilation from Chandos Classics. Two of the selections are early works that show the young Strauss dutifully working toward symphonic mastery through classical forms; and the third reveals him as a mature, sensitive creator of orchestral art songs. If the Symphony No. 2 in F minor seems more Brahmsian than Wagnerian, then this is due to the constraints imposed by the composer's father. Strauss eventually shed the conservative influences that preoccupied him in this sophomore effort, but the symphony's expansiveness and solid orchestration point to the craftsmanship and professionalism that sustained Strauss until he found his true voice. The Romanze in F major for cello and orchestra is mild in its mid-nineteenth century Romanticism and would seem insipid except for cellist Raphael Wallfisch's passionate playing. In dramatic contrast, the Six Songs are fully realized and deeply impressive settings of texts by Clemens von Brentano. Soprano Eileen Hulse convincingly portrays their moods of heartbreaking tenderness and fragile hope, and Neeme Järvi and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra supply a warmly shaded accompaniment, their best performance on this disc. The recording is fine, except for some muddied textures in the symphony.

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