Wednesday, October 28, 2009

RCA LIVING STEREO: Fritz Reiner - Chicago SO: Richard Strauss - Symphonia domestica and Le bourgeois gentilhomme Suite

    Artist: Fritz Reiner - Chicago SO,
    Album: Richard Strauss (1864 - 1949) - Symphonia domestica and Le bourgeois gentilhomme Suite
    Released: 2006
    RCA Living Stereo
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    File Format:
    eac_flac_cue_log covers 407MB

    01-05 Symphonia domestica, Op. 53 43:45

    06-12 Le bourgeois gentilhomme: Suite, Op. 60

    ...I don't find this work my favorite of Strauss' large orchestral tone poems, but I must admit upon hearing it again that he must have had a very heroic and exciting day in his family life - which is what he intended to portray in the symphony. There are themes representing the Papa, Mama and baby. The contrasts between chamber-like passages and the impact of the full orchestra are frequent and more effective than ever with the three-channel reproduction. A switch to two-channel is necessitated with the little suite from Strauss' incidental music to Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme. The combination of its chamber orchestra setting and Neoclassical thrust made it perfect to accompany performances of Moliere's 17th century play. Its Baroque style is emphasized by Strauss having used some themes which Lully had originally composed for the premiere performances of the play. Some of the seven sections are not without humor, as Strauss portrays and lampoons the self-important protagonist of the play. John Sunier ... Read more

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