Tuesday 30 June 2015

Marek Janowski's latest review in The Telegraph



"...this performance brilliantly transmits with sharp characterisation of the thematic material, dramatic momentum and a luminous orchestral sound. There is luminosity, too, in the singing and playing of Die Tageszeiten, a rare opportunity to hear this gorgeous music"

 

Our June release 'Richard Strauss - Symphonia Domestica and Die Tageszeiten For Male Chorus and Orchestra' wih Marek Janowski, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Rundfunkchor Berlin received an outstanding review in The Telegraph. 

This recording gorgeously transmits the joys and sorrows of family life, says Geoffrey Norris
Two of Richard Strauss's less frequently performed works here receive exceptional performances from the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra under Marek Janowski, with the addition of the male voices of the Berlin Radio Choir in Die Tageszeiten (The Times of Day) that Strauss composed in 1928 for the Vienna Schubert Choral Society.

The Symphonia Domestica, Strauss’s impressions of a day in the life of his happy if turbulent family, must be one of the few large-scale orchestral works to have been performed in a New York department store, Strauss accepting a handsome fee for doing so after the official premiere at Carnegie Hall in January 1904. If the German press sniffed at such commercialism at the time, the work itself stands up, more or less, to scrutiny, even if on occasion Strauss can seem unaware of when enough is enough.

The Symphonia Domestica is, in a sense, a sequel to Ein Heldenleben, the joys and sorrows of which it shares and which this performance brilliantly transmits with sharp characterisation of the thematic material, dramatic momentum and a luminous orchestral sound. There is luminosity, too, in the singing and playing of Die Tageszeiten, a rare opportunity to hear this gorgeous music.

 

Geoffrey Norris