PETRENKO AND THE OSLO PHILHARMONIC CONCLUDE THEIR STRAUSS CYCLE
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and Vasily Petrenko offer the third and last release in the series of recordings of Richard Strauss’s orchestral music. On this album the listener is presented with the tone poems “Eine Alpensinfonie”, Op. 64 and “Tod und Verklärung”, Op. 24.
The Oslo Philharmonic, under the baton of chief conductor Petrenko, reaped glowing reviews in Norway and abroad for their first two recordings in this Strauss series: LWC1166 (“Also Sprach Zarathustra” and “Ein Heldenleben”) and LWC1184 (“Don Quixote”, “Don Juan” and “Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche”). Both releases were selected as “Editor’s Choice” by Gramophone Magazine!
Vasily Petrenko is one of the most significant figures on the classical music scene today, and he has won numerous accolades for his recordings of the Russian repertoire, including two Gramophone Awards. With Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra he has recorded works of Shostakovich, Szymanowski, Strauss, and Prokofiev, as well as a large cycle of orchestral works of Alexander Scriabin.
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra first saw the light of day in 1919, and over the next half-century, the orchestra’s reputation grew steadily. In 1979 the conductor’s baton passed to Mariss Jansons, and under his leadership, Oslo Philharmonic achieved its full potential and became a rival to the great philharmonic orchestras of Vienna, Berlin and New York.