R Strauss - Eine Alpensinfonie, Die Frau ohne Schatten (excerpts), Dance of the Seven Veils | LPO LPO0106

R Strauss - Eine Alpensinfonie, Die Frau ohne Schatten (excerpts), Dance of the Seven Veils

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Label: LPO

Cat No: LPO0106

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 1st June 2018

Contents

Artists

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Vladimir Jurowski

Works

Strauss, Richard

Die Frau ohne Schatten, op.65 (orchestral excerpts)
Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), op.64
Salome, op.54
» Dance of the Seven Veils

Artists

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Vladimir Jurowski

About

This release marks the 29th on the LPO label conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, and is the first Jurowski-conducted Richard Strauss release to date.

The performances of the three works on this release were also critically well received, with the soloists within the orchestra noted for their ‘poise’ and ‘exquisite handling’ of Die Frau ohne Schatten and Jurowski’s ‘perfect blending of rich textures’ in Eine Alpensinfonie (The Arts Desk).

Vladimir Jurowski has a strong affinity with Die Frau ohne Schatten (The Woman Without a Shadow), and chose to conduct a selection of orchestral highlights from the opera rather than the composer’s own published Fantasie. He went on to conduct the complete opera at the Metropolitan Opera in 2013. ‘If the evening can boast a hero, the honour must go to Vladimir Jurowski, who conducts with abiding passion, sensitivity and propulsion’ (The Financial Times).

The Dance of the Seven Veils was performed as part of the opening concert of the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s critically acclaimed The Rest is Noise festival of music which shaped the twentieth century. ‘Jurowski and the LPO set the scene with an outstandingly delicate performance of the Dance of the Seven Veils’ (The Financial Times).

These discs join the previously released recordings of Richard Strauss’s Don Juan and Ein Heldenleben, conducted by Bernard Haitink (LPO0079); performances which were highly praised at the time. Gramophone magazine said ‘[it] gives any account in the catalogue a run for its money in terms of sheer élan, and bristles with energy’.

‘This music is absolutely ideally placed to Jurowski’s strengths: his precision and ability to inspire playing of the greatest delicacy, pointing, accuracy and warmth is exactly what’s called for in this score’ - Bachtrack.com, September 2012

Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London, on:
- 26 September 2012 (Die Frau ohne Schatten)
- 19 January 2013 (Dance of the Seven Veils)
- 30 April 2016 (Eine Alpensinfonie)

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