The Cleveland Orchestra – Richard Strauss

Richard Strauss, Three Tone Poems
Track 1 Macbeth, Opus 23
Track 2 Don Juan, after Lenau, Opus 20
Track 3 Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Opus 28
Franz Welser-Möst/The Cleveland Orchestra
Veröffentlichungsdatum: 3. Juni 2022


Recorded Live at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Concert Hall at Severance Music Center (September and October 2021)

Franz Welser-Möst on Strauss
“Richard Strauss’s gift for commenting on human behavior and in touching our hearts through music is peerless. In the three tone poems on this recording, he demonstrates his great skill as a master storyteller,” said Franz Welser-Möst. “He looks at the exuberance and weight of unbridled passion (Don Juan), at the consuming fire of ambition (Macbeth), and at the delightful tricks and slight-of-hand that humans, almost alone among earth’s living creatures, understand and thrive upon as humor (Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks).

“Strauss was a master of heartache, of yearnings, drama, comedy, and tragedy. Of full-throated emotions across so many categories, including the little moments of everyday life, the small truths that overwhelm us sometimes, but are in actuality not important except in that moment of reality. All of these, Strauss’s music manages with an unfailing mastery that quite often leaves me speechless and with a big smile — not in laughter but in admiration for his many perfect touches of musical coloring and punctuation.”

The new album, available on CD (Hybrid SACD), or digitally worldwide on all major online streaming or download purchase services, is the Orchestra’s fourth release, respectively, on its own label with Franz Welser-Möst following its inaugural album titled A New Century (June 2020), Schubert’s “Great” C-major Symphony paired with Ernst Křenek’s Static and Ecstatic (October 2020) and Schnittke and Prokofiev (October 2021).

A companion booklet includes special insights from Franz Welser-Möst, Music Director of The Cleveland Orchestra about the recordings along with program notes about the musical works, and photographs of The Cleveland Orchestra performing the pieces.

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