Metamorphosen: R Strauss, Korngold, Schreker | Chandos CHSA5292

Metamorphosen: R Strauss, Korngold, Schreker


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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHSA5292

Format: Hybrid SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 1st April 2022



Following their critically acclaimed album of English Music for Strings, Sinfonia of London and John Wilson turn to Germany and three outstanding works for string orchestra.

Franz Schrekerís Intermezzo, the oldest piece here, was composed in 1900, before Schrekerís rise to fame in the opera houses of Germany and Austria, but shows strong indications of what was to follow.

Korngold composed the Symphonische Serenade following his return to Vienna from Hollywood after the Second World War, and shortly before he wrote his Symphony in F sharp. Korngold effortlessly conjures a vivid range of colours and textures from his large forces (32 violins, 12 violas, 12 cellos, and 8 basses) in a work that explores the virtuosity of the players to the full.

Composed in 1945, as a reaction to the horrors of the war, and the desecration of German culture, Richard Straussís Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings seems to look backwards to the German romantic tradition (a trait even more evident in his Four Last Songs, of 1948). The moving final passage, marked ĎIn Memoriamí, leaves the listener to contemplate in silence.

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