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RICHARD STRAUSS: Macbeth; Don Juan; Death and Transfiguration; Festmarsch  – Staatskapelle Weimar/ Kirill Karabits – Audite

RICHARD STRAUSS: Macbeth; Don Juan; Death and Transfiguration; Festmarsch  – Staatskapelle Weimar/ Kirill Karabits – Audite

Familiar and unfamiliar orchestral selections from Richard Strauss receive energetic readings from conductor Karabits. RICHARD STRAUSS: Macbeth, Op. 23; Don Juan, Op. 20; Death and Transfiguration, Op. 24; Festmarsch in C Major – Staatskapelle Weimar/ Kirill Karabits – Audite 97.755, 70:25 (5/18/18) [Distr. by Naxos] ****: In 1884, Richard Strauss became, through the support of conductor Hans von Bulow, the deputy at the Meiningen court orchestra, where Strauss nurtured a slow but abiding respect for Wagner’s music and for the condensed, symphonic poems of Franz Liszt. In 1886, Strauss selected a proper Shakespearean subject for musical treatment, the “Scottish tragedy” of Macbeth.  The gestation of this “harsh and gruesome” text took Strauss the better part of four years and three revisions: it premiered 13 October 1890 in Weimar, the very “home ground” of Franz Liszt, progenitor of the form of the tone-poem.  Following the psychological rather than the chronological aspects of the play, the violent, often dissonant music depicts the brief monarchy amiable King Duncan, but the music soon erupts with dark ambition and ruthless fury, especially in the use of a new instrument in Strauss arsenal, the bass trumpet. Music boastful, savage, and intermittently tender compete in various paroxysms […]