Symphonia Domestica, Die Tageszeiten

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

Richard Strauss was a master at creating double entendres in his music. Nothing is as it seems at fi rst glance. One should always keep this in mind when dealing with such a controversial work as his Symphonia domestica, Op. 53. And this work was certainly recognized as controversial following its completion on December 31, 1903 and its fi rst performance in New York on March 21, 1904. In 1905, the French writer Romain Rollande criticized Strauss most notably for yet again, after Ein Heldenleben, dealing exclusively with his own personality. To which the composer gave his famous response: “I do not see why I should not make a symphony about myself. I consider myself just as interesting as Napoleon and Alexander.” This kind of statement (if meant sincerely) does not necessarily win you friends…

Tracklist

1.
Symphonia Domestica Op.53, Bewegt
05:03
2.
Symphonia Domestica Op.53, Scherzo
12:46
3.
Symphonia Domestica Op.53, Adagio
11:22
4.
Symphonia Domestica Op.53, Massig langsam
15:43
5.
Die Tageszeiten Op. 76, Der Morgen
03:43
6.
Die Tageszeiten Op. 76, Mittagsruh
06:40
7.
Die Tageszeiten Op. 76, Der Abend
03:02
8.
Die Tageszeiten Op. 76, Die Nacht
09:15

Total time: 01:07:34

Additional information

Label

SKU

PTC5186507

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Mastering Engineer

Polyhymnia International BV

Awards

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Original Recording Format

Producer

Job Maarse (Symphonia Domestica) Wolfram Nehls (Die Tageszeiten)

Recording Engineer

Jean Marie Geijsen Roger de Schot

Recording location

Haus des Ruindfunks, RBB Berlin

Recording Software

Merging

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Release Date December 16, 2015

Press reviews

SA-CD.net

Thanks to meticulously judged balances Janowski manages to achieve the utmost clarity and precision throughout; seemingly undaunted by the challenges presented by the huge orchestra’s complex textures, especially in the Finale. His meticulous control of dynamics is also most impressive, whilst the brilliance of the playing ensures that all the big climaxes are thrillingly delivered. Janowski’s buoyant and supple account of the ‘Symphonia Domestica’, sumptuously recorded by the Polyhymnia team in vivid 5.0 multi-channel DSD, is surely one that all who admire this piece will wish to add to their libraries. The firm, disciplined yet sensitive singing of the gentlemen of the excellent Berlin Radio Choir could hardly be bettered, and Janowski elicits the most gorgeous and luminous sonorities from his orchestra. The neglect of ‘Die Tageszeiten’ in the concert hall is perplexing and one can only hope that this beautiful recording will help to bring it into greater prominence. A most enthusiastic recommendation is warranted for this release.

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