Made in Lithuania
2 Audio CDs
© 2018 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd.
℗ 2018 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd.
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) and 30 April 2016 (Eine Alpensinfonie).
Producers: Andrew Walton K&A Productions (Eine Alpensinfonie and Die Frau ohne Schatten); Nicholas Parker, Floating Earth (Dance of the Seven Veils).
Engineers: Deborah Spanton, K&A Productions (Eine Alpensinfonie); Mike Hatch, Floating Earth (Dance of the Seven Veils); Andrew Lang, K&A Productions (Die Frau ohne Schatten).
Publishers: Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd (Die Frau ohne Schatten, Dance of the Seven Veils); F.E.C Leuchart (Eine Alpensinfonie).
Total playing time: 101:33
Released: June 2018
CD: Strauss Eine Alpensinfonie and Die Frau ohne Schatten
LPO conducted by Vladimir Jurowski
Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony)
Dance of the Seven Veils (from Salome)
Die Frau ohne Schatten (The Woman without a Shadow) Orchestral excerpts
Vladimir Jurowski conductor
London Philharmonic Orchestra
The works on these discs show Richard Strauss at his most psychological and incisive. We move from the central struggle between man and nature in Eine Alpensinfonie, through Salome's infamous and increasingly frenzied dance, to Die Frau ohne Schatten's portrayal of the titular Empress's search for a shadow, and with it, her place in the human world.
Recorded live with Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski, these performances were praised at the time for their impact and warmth and for the rapport between conductor and Orchestra.
'Jurowski takes the work very seriously, nailing its sense of awe and wonder. The summit is overwhelming, a rapt oboe solo the prelude to some sublime brass playing. Strauss’s storm is alarmingly visceral, and the work’s slow winding down is sublime, with some stellar work from winds and horns. A magnificent, deeply moving experience, and a welcome reminder that orchestral excellence isn’t only to be found in Berlin, Amsterdam and Vienna.'
The Arts Desk, July 2018
'A must for Strauss devotees'
The Northern Echo, June 2018
'Kristina Blaumane's cello contribution in the Falcon scene is warmly eloquent, the brass and woodwind playing with a pliancy and line that's hugely impressive. Jurowski's phrasing and dynamic finesse are remarkable... What's even more striking is that rare sense of music caught on the wing as it were, of watching a miraculous narrative unfolding on a lighted stage... Oh, how I wish I'd been there!
Full-fat Strauss, played, directed and recorded with aplomb; simply glorious.'
Dan Morgan, Music Web International, June 2018
'Experienced in the Hall it was an impressive achievement, with Jurowski bringing his usual analytical ear and architectural eye to a swift account of the score, and it proves so on record too... There are many fine things that come as a result, with a remarkable level of detail to be heard in Strauss’s multi-stranded score – executed with remarkable accuracy by the Orchestra. You’ll rarely hear the Storm better played or controlled, for example, and Jurowski’s sophisticated musicianship is in evidence throughout.'
Hugo Shirley, Gramophone, August 2018
'Jurowski’s Alpine Symphony is ideally paced and beautifully balanced ... There are so many good recordings of it, but this is up there among the best. And I know no more bewitching or exciting performance of Salome’s Dance either.'
David Nice, BBC Music Magazine, September 2018