R Strauss - Metamorphosen, Serenade, Sonatina no.2 | Linn CKD538

R Strauss - Metamorphosen, Serenade, Sonatina no.2


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Label: Linn

Cat No: CKD538

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 23rd June 2017



Richard Strauss poured out some of his most heartfelt inspiration in Metamorphosen, a 25-minute string masterpiece written as an elegy in the wake of Germany’s destruction in the Second World War.

In complete contrast the Serenade radiates Mozartian bonhomie combined with Strauss’s exquisite chamber scoring which provides a tantalising glimpse of the composer to come.

The Sonatina for Wind Instruments (‘Fröhliche Werkstatt’) adds a third clarinet, basset horn and bass clarinet to the Serenade’s line-up and is a very important work in the wind ensemble repertory.

Two super groups – the strings led by violinist Markus Däunert (leader of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra), and the winds led by oboist Nicholas Daniel (whose distinguished career began with him being named BBC Young Musician of the Year) – combine in this, their second recording for Linn.

A counterpart to the Aldeburgh Strings course, whose recording of Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings launched this partnership in 2016, Aldeburgh Winds offered an opportunity for exceptional wind and brass players to work intensively alongside leading international professionals.

The Aldeburgh Strings/Wind ensembles are a product of the Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme, founded over forty years ago by Britten and Pears, in order to provide high-level performance training for the world’s best emerging professional musicians.

Tutors are drawn from some of the world’s finest orchestras, such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Philharmonia and Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and direct the ensemble sections from within, in an inspiring dual role of mentor and performer.

‘[An] outstanding chamber orchestra…full of the energy of artistic rivalry and new discovery.’ - Fanfare


...a fine performance of the much later Symphony [Sonatina] for wind instruments... It’s a fine recording.
Record Review (BBC Radio 3) 26 June 2017
Strauss wrote 23 solo string parts rather than clumping instruments together, and that makes the skill and judgment of the young Aldeburgh Strings, led by Markus Daunert, doubly impressive. Their sound is lithe and rich, their trajectory isn’t thrown off course by every squall and they coalesce into broad, gutsy gestures when they want to. It’s a sophisticated performance.  Kate Molleson
The Guardian 8 June 2017
Daniel's feeling for Strauss's long-range ebb and flow is one of the great attractions of this disc; you get the impression he's happy to oversee the general pacing and balance and then trust his players to do the rest. And rightly: they make a glorious sound.  Richard Bratby
Gramophone July 2017
Their shaping of Strauss' Serenade in E flat is glowing in nuance, paving the way for a scintillating representation of the Symphony [Sonatina] for Wind Instruments.
The Scotsman 8 July 2017

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