Strauss: Complete Chamber Music

Strauss: Complete Chamber Music
Composer Richard Strauss
Artist Wolfgang Sawallisch piano
Sinnhoffer-Quartett
Wiener Streichtrio
and others
Format 9 CD
Cat. number 9231
EAN code 5029365923125
Release May 2011

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About this release

Richard Strauss was supremely a composer for the orchestra, and of opera and songs, but in his earlier years he wrote a large amount of chamber music. The young Strauss was heavily influenced by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms, and it was only later that he fell under the spell of Wagner and composed the operas and programme music for which he is best known.

This splendid 9-CD set of Richard Strauss’ complete chamber music encompasses a huge range of genres for a variety of instruments. Strauss’ chamber output includes solo works and miniatures, duets, trios and quartets through to concertos, symphonies and melodrama, a once-popular genre that married music with the speaking voice.

Early works of note include the mellifluous String Quartet in A Op.2, some of whose themes are modelled on Mozart, and the joyous Serenade in E flat, heard here as a piano solo, already exhibiting the lush textures that were typical of the composer.
The Fugue for piano, demonstrates Strauss’ increasing command of intricate counterpoint. Another major work is the Horn Concerto No.1 in E flat Op.11, the first concerto with which Strauss really made his mark, and where his genius is really starting show with its bravura and freedom from traditional formal constraints. With his last major chamber work, the Violin Sonata in E flat, we can almost find the mature Strauss.

About the performers:
The performances are by major international instrumentalists including renowned Straussian Wolfgang Sawallisch (piano), Ernö Sebestyen (violin), Wenn-Sinn Yang (cello), Karl-Heinz Steffens (clarinet), the Vienna String Trio and the Sinnhoffer Quartet

Sawallisch has been acclaimed as an interpreter of the music of Richard Strauss. As a pianist, he has accompanied a number of prominent singers in lieder, including Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Dame Margaret Price. He has also been acclaimed for his interpretations of the symphonies of Anton Bruckner

Also available:
• 7591 Strauss: Orchestral Works, 9CD
• 9065 Strauss: Vier Letszte Lieder/Orchesterlieder, 1CD
• 99800 Brahms: Complete Chamber Music, 12CD

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Two Pieces (1886): Serenade in G, AV 168
  2. Two Pieces (1886): Festival March in D, AV 178
  3. Two Pieces (1893): Arabian Dance in D Minor, AV 182, No 1
  4. Two Pieces (1893): Liebesliedchen in G, AV 182, No. 2
  5. Piano Quartet in C Minor, Op. 13 (1885): I. Allegro
  6. Piano Quartet in C Minor, Op. 13 (1885): II. Scherzo: Presto – Molto meno mosso
  7. Piano Quartet in C Minor, Op. 13 (1885): III. Andante
  8. Piano Quartet in C Minor, Op. 13 (1885): IV. Finale: Vivace

Disk 2

  1. Das Schloß am Meere, AV 92 (1899)
  2. Hochzeitspräludium, AV 108 (1924)
  3. Enoch Arden, Op. 38 (1897): Parts 1 & 2

Disk 3

  1. Horn Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat, Op. 11 (1882–3) (version for horn and piano): I. Allegro
  2. Horn Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat, Op. 11 (1882–3) (version for horn and piano): II. Andante cantabile con variazioni
  3. Horn Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat, Op. 11 (1882–3) (version for horn and piano): III. Rondo: Allegro
  4. Horn Concerto No. 2 in E-Flat, AV 132 (1942) (version for horn and two pianos): I. Allegro
  5. Horn Concerto No. 2 in E-Flat, AV 132 (1942) (version for horn and two pianos): II. Andante
  6. Horn Concerto No. 2 in E-Flat, AV 132 (1942) (version for horn and two pianos): III. Allegro molto
  7. Andante in C for horn and piano, AV 86a (1888)
  8. Serenade in E-Flat, Op. 7 (1881) (version for piano)
  9. Fugue for piano four-hands, AV 81/177 (1884)
  10. Gavotte for piano, AV 57 ‘Aus alter Zeit’ (1879)

Disk 4

  1. Suite for winds, Op. 4 (1884) (version for piano four-hands): I. Allegretto
  2. Suite for winds, Op. 4 (1884) (version for piano four-hands): II. Romanze
  3. Suite for winds, Op. 4 (1884) (version for piano four-hands): III. Gavotte
  4. Suite for winds, Op. 4 (1884) (version for piano four-hands): IV Introduction and Fugue: Andante cantabile – Allegro con brio
  5. Aus Italien – Symphonic Fantasy, Op. 16 (1886) (version for piano four-hands): I. Auf der Campagna
  6. Aus Italien – Symphonic Fantasy, Op. 16 (1886) (version for piano four-hands): II. In Roms Ruinen
  7. Aus Italien – Symphonic Fantasy, Op. 16 (1886) (version for piano four-hands): III. Am Strande von Sorrent
  8. Aus Italien – Symphonic Fantasy, Op. 16 (1886) (version for piano four-hands): IV. Neapolitanisches Volksleben

Disk 5

  1. Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 8 (1882) (version for violin and piano): I. Allegro
  2. Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 8 (1882) (version for violin and piano): II. Lento ma non troppo
  3. Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 8 (1882) (version for violin and piano): III. Rondo: Prestissimo
  4. Allegretto in E, AV 149 (1948)
  5. ‘Daphne’-Etude in G, Op. 82, AV 141 for solo violin (1945): Andante nach einem Motiv aus ‘Daphne’
  6. Violin Sonata in E-Flat, Op. 18 (1887): I. Allegro ma non troppo
  7. Violin Sonata in E-Flat, Op. 18 (1887): II. Andante
  8. Violin Sonata in E-Flat, Op. 18 (1887): III. Allegro molto

Disk 6

  1. Cello Sonata in F, Op. 6 (1881–3): I. Allegro con brio
  2. Cello Sonata in F, Op. 6 (1881–3): II. Andante ma non troppo
  3. Cello Sonata in F, Op. 6 (1881–3): III. Finale: Allegro vivo
  4. Romance in F, AV 75 (1883)
  5. Variations on a Bavarian folk song ‘Das Dirndl is harb auf mi’ (1882)
  6. Quartettsatz in E-Flat, AV 211 (1879): Allegro moderato
  7. String Quartet in A, Op. 2 (1880): I. Allegro
  8. String Quartet in A, Op. 2 (1880): II. Allegro molto
  9. String Quartet in A, Op. 2 (1880): III. Andante cantabile, molto espressivo
  10. String Quartet in A, Op. 2 (1880): IV. Finale

Disk 7

  1. 5 Klavierstücke, Op. 3 (1880–81): 1. Andante in B-Flat
  2. 5 Klavierstücke, Op. 3 (1880–81): 2. Allegro vivace scherzando in E-Flat minor
  3. 5 Klavierstücke, Op. 3 (1880–81): 3. Largo in C Minor
  4. 5 Klavierstücke, Op. 3 (1880–81): 4. Allegro molto in A-Flat
  5. 5 Klavierstücke, Op. 3 (1880–81): 5. Allegro marcatissimo in D-Flat
  6. Stimmungsbilder, Op. 9 (1883–4): 1. Auf stillem Waldpfad
  7. Stimmungsbilder, Op. 9 (1883–4): 2. An einsamer Quelle
  8. Stimmungsbilder, Op. 9 (1883–4): 3. Intermezzo
  9. Stimmungsbilder, Op. 9 (1883–4): 4. Träumerei
  10. Stimmungsbilder, Op. 9 (1883–4): 5. Heidebild
  11. Piano Sonata in B Minor, Op. 5 (1880–81): I. Allegro molto appassionato
  12. Piano Sonata in B Minor, Op. 5 (1880–81): II. Adagio cantabile
  13. Piano Sonata in B Minor, Op. 5 (1880–81): III. Scherzo: Presto
  14. Piano Sonata in B Minor, Op. 5 (1880–81): IV. Allegretto vivo

Disk 8

  1. Symphony No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 12 (1883–4) (version for piano four-hands): I. Allegro ma non troppo
  2. Symphony No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 12 (1883–4) (version for piano four-hands): II. Scherzo: Presto
  3. Symphony No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 12 (1883–4) (version for piano four-hands): III. Andante cantabile
  4. Symphony No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 12 (1883–4) (version for piano four-hands): IV. Finale: Allegro assai, molto appassionato
  5. Serenade in E-Flat, Op. 7 (1881) (version for piano four-hands): Andante
  6. 4 Marches (1905–7): Parade March, No. 1 in E-Flat
  7. 4 Marches (1905–7): Parade March, No.2 in D-Flat, AV 98
  8. 4 Marches (1905–7): Presentation March in D-Flat, AV 99
  9. 4 Marches (1905–7): Military Festival March in E-Flat, AV 100

Disk 9

  1. Capriccio Op.85 (1941) dedicated to ‘my friend and collaborator, Clemens Krauss’: Dances: Passepied – Gigue – Gavotte
  2. Piano Trio No. 1 in A, AV 37 (1877–8): I. Allegro moderato
  3. Piano Trio No. 1 in A, AV 37 (1877–8): II. Adagio
  4. Piano Trio No. 1 in A, AV 37 (1877–8): III. Tempo di Menuetto ma non lento
  5. Piano Trio No. 1 in A, AV 37 (1877–8): IV. Allegro vivace
  6. Romance, AV 61 (1879) (version for clarinet and piano)
  7. Romance, AV 75 (1883) (version for cello and piano)
  8. Introduction and Theme, AV 52 (1878)
  9. Piano Trio No. 2 in D, AV 53 (1878): I. Allegro moderato
  10. Piano Trio No. 2 in D, AV 53 (1878): II. Andante cantabile ma non troppo
  11. Piano Trio No. 2 in D, AV 53 (1878): III. Scherzo: Allegro assai
  12. Piano Trio No. 2 in D, AV 53 (1878): IV. Finale: Lento assai – Allegro vivace