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Richard Strauss – Liszt – Korngold – Busoni – Schreker

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (OSR)

Original Recording Format: DSD 64
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I would love to share with you a few of my personal thoughts about these glorious works. It is always surprising to me that Korngold’s music isn’t better known internationally. His output was truly extraordinary and I find it consistently capturing my imagination with its beautiful imagery. On this disc, ‘Straussiana’ has such a charm about it and the orchestra performed the score with real joy. The Strauss referred to by Korngold was of course less ‘Richard’ and more ‘Johann’ (the Waltz King), and it’s worth noting here that although the work we’ve chosen by Busoni for this disc is also a waltz, the harmonies are very uncharacteristic and full of surprises. Busoni wrote some very challenging works for orchestra – but also very stimulating. It’s a pity this music is not performed more often. It was the first time for me conducting Schreker’s ‘Ein Tanzspiel’ – and I was surprised at this wonderful music! Each movement has such a clearly defined character – I particularly love the third movement.
A work that is far better known is Liszt’s ‘Mephisto’ Waltz No 1. The appearance of the Mephisto character in this work can be clearly heard and I love the devilish atmosphere – though it remains at the same time a very beautiful score.
When listening to this music, I am reminded of a proverb: “There is no rose without a thorn”. Lastly; we couldn’t produce this disc without including some works by the wonderful Richard Strauss; Salome’s Dance and the Rosenkavalier Suite. Strauss is one of the composers which the OSR is used to performing as the opera orchestra in the theatre in Geneva. Their style is so well suited to this music and I love how they express the story and atmosphere through the notes. Their shimmering sound fits perfectly with this music – it’s incredible to conduct!
We hope that you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed recording it!
All my best wishes,
Kazuki Yamada


Please note that the below previews are loaded as 44.1 kHz / 16 bit.
Richard Strauss- Salome, Op. 54 - Salome's Dance (Dance of the seven veils)
Franz Liszt- Two Episodes from Lenau's Faust, S110/2
Erich Wolfgang Korngold- Straussiana - Polka - Mazurka - Waltz
Ferruccio Busoni- Tanz-Walzer Op. 53 - In memory of Johann Strauss
Franz Schreker- Ein Tanzspiel - Sarabande ((Lento, con expressione)
Franz Schreker- Ein Tanzspiel - Menuett (Allegro scherzando)
Franz Schreker- Ein Tanzspiel - Madrigal (Andante)
Franz Schreker- Ein Tanzspiel - Gavotte (Allegro festivo)
Richard Strauss- Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59 - Erste Walzerfolge

Total time: 01:05:30

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Mastering Engineer

Erdo Groot


Original Recording Format


Job Maarse

Recording Engineer

Erdo Groot, Roger de Schot

Recording location

Victoria Hall Geneva Switerland

Release DateApril 10, 2015

Press reviews


“Listening to Kazuki Yamada conducting the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande performing works by Richard Strauss, Liszt, Korngold, Buson, and Schreker on Pentatone Classcs from a DSD64 download, the album displayed a richly layered soundstage with fine resolution of transient detail. The orchestra emerged from a black-velvet background with rich tonal colors with lifelike timbres.”


PENTATONE’s recording truly captures this orchestra in all its sonic glory. This one too manages to provide great contrast in what turns out to be a very well-chosen and interesting program in keeping with the Suisse Romande’s history. If this is a new chapter, it is one that will be a welcome addition to audiophiles!

Audiophile Audition

It’s a dramatic and dynamic recording in 5.0 surround, and well- designed to get listeners engaged. Many of the pieces performed will already reside in many collectors’ collections, but the performance and recording are noteworthy enough to give this disc more than a passing listen

This varied collection of music associated with ‘The Dance’ is what record companies used to call a ‘sonic spectacular’ – a description well suited to this SACD. While one may have slight reservations about a couple of the performances on this SACD, 65 minutes of captivating music, executed with style and flare, and recorded in state-of-the-art sound will be for many a no-brainer.


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