×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Strauss: Don Juan; Macbeth; Lieder
     

Strauss: Don Juan; Macbeth; Lieder

5.0 1
by Anne Schwanewilms
 
After their opulent and virtuosic Elgar, opulent and virtuosic Strauss should come as no surprise from Mark Elder and the Hallé. But even measured against their Elgar, Elder, and the Hallé's Strauss is sumptuous and opulent. From the glittering brilliance of the opening "Don Juan" through the

Overview

After their opulent and virtuosic Elgar, opulent and virtuosic Strauss should come as no surprise from Mark Elder and the Hallé. But even measured against their Elgar, Elder, and the Hallé's Strauss is sumptuous and opulent. From the glittering brilliance of the opening "Don Juan" through the sensuality of the central seven orchestral lieder to the energetic exercises of the closing "Macbeth," their performances are as lushly upholstered and as well-played as the best by continental orchestras. Every department of the orchestra excels from the slashing strings and characterful woodwinds in "Don Juan" to the brash brass and bludgeoning timpani of "Macbeth," and under the skilled hands of music director Elder, the ensemble is supple but always together. Though "Don Juan" is early Strauss and "Macbeth" is very early Strauss, these performances make both pieces sound like great Strauss. But the best part of this disc may be the central seven orchestral lieder. Not only does the Hallé exceed itself in delivering deep-pile opulence, but singer Anne Schwanewilms delivers performances of surpassing beauty. With an ideal Strauss soprano -- high, strong, clear, and hot -- coupled to an astounding technique and complete control, Schwanewilms treats such favorites as "Morgen!" and "Befreit" to performances of aching sensuality. Listeners already familiar with Schwanewilms' superlative disc of Strauss' piano accompanied lieder need not hesitate, nor, indeed, need any lover of great singing. As with all the previous discs released on the Hallé's own label, the sound here is full, round, warm, and deep.

Editorial Reviews

Birmingham Post - David Hart
One of the most vividly recorded accounts of Don Juan you are likely to hear..... Sumptuously played by the Hallé, and conducted by Mark Elder with knowing sensitivity, the seven songs here are beautifully and glowingly sung.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2009
Label:
Halle
UPC:
5065001341083
catalogNumber:
7508

Related Subjects

Tracks

  1. Don Juan, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 20 (TrV 156)
  2. Die heil'gen drei Kön'ge aus Morgenland, song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 56/6 (TrV 220/6)
  3. Waldseligkeit ("Der Wald beginnt zu rauchen"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 49/1 (TrV 204/1)
  4. Wiegenlied ("Träume, träume, du mein süsses Leben"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 41/1 (TrV 195/1)
  5. Morgen ("Und morgen wird die Sonne wieder scheinen"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 27/4 (TrV 170/4)
  6. Das Rosenband ("Im Frühlingsschatten fand ich sie"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 36/1 (TrV 186/1)
  7. Meinem Kinde ("Du schläfst und sachte neig' ich mich"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 37/3 (TrV 187/3)
  8. Befreit ("Du wirst nicht weinen"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 39/4 (TrV 189/4)
  9. Macbeth, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 23 (TrV 163)

Album Credits

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews

Strauss: Don Juan; Macbeth; Lieder 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of those recordings easily passed over because of the plethora of similar ones in the catalogue with the featured soloist being one of greater renown. But pause for a moment and re-think that approach because this simple CD introduces a wondrous new talent (at least to this listener) who is so at home with Strauss lieder that she promises great things for the future. The all Strauss program begins with the familiar tone poem 'Don Juan' with the Hallé Orchestra of Manchester conducted by Mark Elder. This is a solid if not memorable reading, well played and conducted, but just doesn't catch fire. Then German soprano Anna Schwanewilms steps on stage and sings seven Strauss lieder with a vocal quality of pure silver, able to ride those arching lines with complete ease and able to make every word clean and meaningful. The voice reminds a bit of both Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Gundula Janowitz and higher praise just doesn't flow! She is able to traverse the subtleties of 'Morgen' and 'Wiegenlied' like few others, never becoming coy or gushy, just letting the poetry and music be her masters. She is a discovery! The recital concludes with a too rarely heard 'Macbeth' tone poem, a work for which Elder and the Hallé Orchestra seem to have a particular affinity. But in the end it is the collection of lieder that makes this CD a must for the lover of Strauss, or the lover of fine singing! Highly recommended. Grady Harp, November 05