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CHAN 7133 - Strauss, R: Symphonic Poems, Vol. 3
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Classifiable as something between a suite and a symphonic poem, ‘Aus Italien’ records the impressions of a visit to Italy which Strauss made in the summer of 1886 when he was twenty-two, shortly before taking up the post of conductor of the Munich Court Opera. It was sketched while he was still in Italy and completed in Munich on 12 September 1886. He called it a ‘symphonic fantasy’ and dedicated it to the conductor Hans von Bülow. The first performance, conducted by the composer on 2 March 1887, received a mixed reaction which seems to have pleased Strauss who wrote to a friend: ‘all tremendous fun… The opposition have pronounced me half-crazy, talk about going astray and all that kind of rubbish. I felt immensely proud: the first work to have met with the opposition of the multitude. That proves it must be of some significance’.

In the last eighteen months of the Second World War Strauss witnessed, with increasing distress, the destruction of the German culture in which he had been nurtured. He was particularly saddened by the destruction of great opera houses and theatres. On 2 October 1943 the Munich National Theatre was destroyed by bombing a place particularly sacred to him as it was where Wagner’s operas had been first performed, and he was moved to sketch a few bars of ‘Mourning for Munich’. On the 13 March 1945 the Dresden Opera House was destroyed; he returned to these bars and within a month had composed his ‘Metamorphosen’, an elegy for what the Nazis had done to his beloved homeland. He had been asked by Paul Sacher for a work in September 1944 for his Zurich chamber orchestra, and it was first performed by them in Zurich on 25 January 1946.

‘Järvi and the SNO are in lively form throughout, and the recording is wide-ranged and full…’

‘Järvi takes a spacious view of the work [Aus Italien] and his recorded sound is full-‘bodied, with a natural perspective, and there is plenty of warmth.’
‘The Penguin Complete Guide’


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