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STRAUSS, R.: Symphonia Domestica / Metamorphosen (Weimar Staatskapelle, Wit)

Composer(s):Strauss, Richard
Artist(s) Wit, Antoni, Conductor • Weimar Staatskapelle
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.570895
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Richard Strauss’s orchestral music includes several works with autobiographical significance, including Ein Heldenleben (Naxos 8.554417). Scored for large symphony orchestra, the Symphonia domestica depicts the delights and vicissitudes of married life with Strauss, his wife, child and other family members deftly portrayed in a variety of situations, including a ‘cheerful quarrel’ in which the father has the last word! In contrast, Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings is Strauss’s heartbreaking meditation on the destruction of German culture during World War II.


Review By Prof. Kurt Witterstätter,,January 2010



Review By Peter Köster,Fono Forum,January 2010

8.570895_Fono Forum_012010_gr.pdf

Review By Stephen Habington,The Music Scene,January 2010

The Staatskapelle Weimar and Antoni Wit achieved a major success for Naxos with their recording of Strauss’s Alpine Symphony. These performances are just as fine although this should not be so. The recording sessions took place in 2005 and 2007 and somehow the orchestra and conductor picked up seamlessly where they left off (at the midpoint of Symphonia domestica) to create an account to rival Rudolf Kempe’s from Dresden (EMI). The Staatskapelle deploys the precision and tonal weight of a traditional German orchestra. A superb rendering of Metamorphosen makes for a generous bonus. It provides a stark contrast with the main work, which becomes a sentimental recollection of the security and simplicity that the world wars destroyed. Highly


Review By Hugo Shirley,,October 2009

The orchestra itself is very closely linked with Strauss—the composer was director of the opera there in the 1890s—and with their recording of the Alpensinfonie, also conducted by Antoni Wit, [8.557811]certainly gave their heavy-weight European competitors a run for their money.



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