Monday 19 May 2014
Conductor Kazuki Yamada thrilled about the "line-up" for the upcoming release
It is always surprising to me that Korngold’s music isn’t better known internationally. His output was truly extraordinary and I find it consistently capturing my imagination with its beautiful imagery. On this disc, ‘Straussiana’ has such a charm about it and the orchestra performed the score with real joy. Although the work we’ve chosen by Busoni for this disc is also a waltz, the harmonies are very uncharacteristic and full of surprises. It was the first time for me conducting Schreker’s ‘Ein Tanzspiel’ – and I was surprised at this wonderful music! Each movement has such a clearly defined character. A work that is far better known is Liszt’s ‘Mephisto’ Waltz No 1. The appearance of the Mephisto character in this work can be clearly heard and I love the devilish atmosphere – though it remains at the same time a very beautiful score. When listening to this music, I am reminded of a proverb: “There is no rose without a thorn”. Lastly, we couldn’t produce this disc without including some works by the wonderful Richard Strauss; Salome’s Dance and the Rosenkavalier Suite. Their style is so well suited to this music and I love how they express the story and atmosphere through the notes. Their shimmering sound fits perfectly with this music – it’s incredible to conduct!