Richard Strauss - Liszt - Korngold - Busoni - Schreker (2014)

Strauss, Liszt, Korngold, Busoni, Schreker

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Kazuki Yamada

Thank you for choosing our CD.
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

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Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Founded in 1918 by Ernest Ansermet, permanent conductor until 1967, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, with its 112 permanent musicians, ensures subscription concerts in Geneva and Lausanne, the City of Geneva symphony concerts, the annual fund-raising concert for the UN, as well as opera performances at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. Its reputation has been built up over the years thanks to its historic recordings and its interpretation of 20th-century French and Russian repertoire.

The orchestra's Music and Artistic Director will be Jonathan Nott from the 2016-2017 season. Its Principal Guest Conductor is Japanese maestro Kazuki Yamada.

Under the guidance of its founding conductor and subsequent music directors (Paul Kletzki 1967- 1970, Wolfgang Sawallisch 1970-1980, Horst Stein 1980-1985, Armin Jordan 1985-1997, Fabio Luisi 1997-2002, Pinchas Steinberg 2002-2005, Marek Janowski 2005-2012, Neeme Järvi, 2012-2015), the world-famous Orchestre de la Suisse Romande is an active contributor to the history of music through the discovery or support of leading contemporary composers. The pieces by Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky, Darius Milhaud, Arthur Honegger, Frank Martin, Benjamin Britten, Heinz Holliger, Peter Eötvös, James MacMillan, Pascal Dusapin, Michael Jarrell or Richard Dubugnon were premiered in Geneva by the OSR. It is  one of its important mission: supporting the symphonic creation, and particularly the Swiss one. The OSR is a partner of Pro Helvetia until 2017 for the project “Oeuvres suisses”

 

Kazuki Yamada

Yamada appears regularly with such orchestras as Orchestre de Paris, Philharmonia Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orquesta Sinfonica y Coro de RTVE and Tonku?nstler-Orchester at the Vienna Musikverein. He is Principal Guest Conductor of Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and also holds the same title with Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, starting in the 2014/2015 season. In Japan, he holds further titles of Principal Conductor of Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Music Partner with Sendai Philharmonic and Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa and Music Director of Yokohama Sinfonietta, an ensemble he founded whilst still a student. Passionate about choral repertoire, he is Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus’s Music Director. The chorus have released ten CDs with Yamada.

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Richard Strauss - Liszt - Korngold - Busoni - Schreker (2014)

Strauss, Liszt, Korngold, Busoni, Schreker

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

    Audiostream

"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."

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    MaestroSteve

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

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    SA-CD.net

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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Richard Strauss - Liszt - Korngold - Busoni - Schreker (2014)

Strauss, Liszt, Korngold, Busoni, Schreker

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Mastering Engineer: Erdo Groot
Producer: Job Maarse
Recording Engineer: Erdo Groot, Roger de Schot
Recording location: Victoria Hall Geneva Switerland

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