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…
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Polyhymnia International BV
Job Maarse (Symphonia Domestica) Wolfram Nehls (Die Tageszeiten)
Jean Marie Geijsen Roger de Schot
Haus des Ruindfunks, RBB Berlin
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|Release Date||December 12, 2015|
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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