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Work: Metamorphosen

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ComposerStrauss, Richard (1864-1949)
PeriodRomantic
Work typeOrchestral
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LondonRCM String Band

RCM String Band
Haydn, Debussy, Strauss R.
Mark Messenger; Bethan Griffiths; RCM String Band

San FranciscoPappano conducts music from Wagner's Die Walküre

Strauss R., Wagner
San Francisco Symphony; Sir Antonio Pappano; Emily Magee; Stuart Skelton; Ain Anger

OsakaStrauss, Mendelssohn

Strauss, Mendelssohn
Strauss R., Mendelssohn
Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra; Augustin Dumay; Haruko Uead

Los AngelesChamber Music by Strauss

Strauss R.
Members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic

DijonLe salon des Dissonances #1

Le salon des Dissonances #1
Strauss R., Schnittke, Korngold
Shuichi Okada; Eva Zavaro; Lea Hennino; Florian Peelman
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Transformers: big works in disguise from the ACO

Timo-Veikko Valve © Jack Saltmiras
Pared-down forces of the ACO performed pared down masterpieces, in a brilliantly conceived programme which included works by Wagner, Strauss and Mozart.
*****
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O/MODƏRNT at Wigmore Hall: A descent into melodrama

Hugo Ticciati © Marco Borggreve
Conceptually, the programme of descending and rising fourths offered a real treat: in practice, the musicians' skill was in danger of being lost as they attempted to recover from their opening gimmickry.
***11
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A transformative experience in Oslo

Vasily Petrenko © Mark McNulty
After a shaky start with Metamorphosen, the Oslo Philharmonic embodies the evening's theme of transformation by ending on a stonker of a Petruskha, via the perenially fabulous Lise Davidsen.
****1
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Rattle brings out the LSO's brilliance in Das Lied von der Erde

Christian Gerhaher © Jim Rakete | Sony Classical
Rattle and the LSO give hundreds of moments of individual brilliance in this most symphonic of song cycles, but with both soloists giving grounds for reservation.
***11
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In Memoriam: Strauss and Brahms from the Soloists of the Oxford Philharmonic

Richard Strauss
Impeccable musicianship from the string soloists of the Oxford Philhamonic in stirring accounts of Brahms' String Sextet in G major and Strauss' Metamorphosen.
****1
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