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Eine Lustspiel-Ouverture / Chamisso-Variationen


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  • Audio CD (October 30, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CPO
  • ASIN: B000VQQJN0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #513,206 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Theme and Variations for large orchestra & baritone solo, after the poem 'Tragic Story' by Adelbert von Chamisso: Thema
2. Theme and Variations for large orchestra & baritone solo, after the poem 'Tragic Story' by Adelbert von Chamisso: Allegro a al chasse
3. Theme and Variations for large orchestra & baritone solo, after the poem 'Tragic Story' by Adelbert von Chamisso: Andante quasi alleg
4. Theme and Variations for large orchestra & baritone solo, after the poem 'Tragic Story' by Adelbert von Chamisso: Allegro con brio
5. Theme and Variations for large orchestra & baritone solo, after the poem 'Tragic Story' by Adelbert von Chamisso: Tempo di notturno
6. Theme and Variations for large orchestra & baritone solo, after the poem 'Tragic Story' by Adelbert von Chamisso: Allegro
7. Theme and Variations for large orchestra & baritone solo, after the poem 'Tragic Story' by Adelbert von Chamisso: Tempo di marcia fun
8. Theme and Variations for large orchestra & baritone solo, after the poem 'Tragic Story' by Adelbert von Chamisso: Allegretto giocoso
9. Theme and Variations for large orchestra & baritone solo, after the poem 'Tragic Story' by Adelbert von Chamisso: Poco animato pesant
10. Theme and Variations for large orchestra & baritone solo, after the poem 'Tragic Story' by Adelbert von Chamisso: Allegretto molto mo
11. Symphonic Variations on 'Kol Nidrey': Largo religioso
12. Symphonic Variations on 'Kol Nidrey': Allegro Larghetto
13. Symphonic Variations on 'Kol Nidrey': Allegro con brio
14. Symphonic Variations on 'Kol Nidrey': Adagio
15. Symphonic Variations on 'Kol Nidrey': Agitato
16. Symphonic Variations on 'Kol Nidrey': Andantino
17. Symphonic Variations on 'Kol Nidrey': Tempo di Ländler, Lento
18. Symphonic Variations on 'Kol Nidrey': Alla marcia
19. Symphonic Variations on 'Kol Nidrey': Allegro moderato
20. Donna Diana, overture to the opera

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Michail Jurowski, who has conducted several of cpo's earlier Reznicek discs, has a good ear for the music's color and structure. These performances are vivid, convincing and nicely played, and the conductor resists the temptation to present the music too "winkingly." Bass Alexander Vassiliev makes a small but positive contribution in the Chamisso Variations. The engineering is bright and full too. If Korngold and Strauss are your "thing," you'll probably like this CD. -- Classical.net, Raymond Tuttle, May 2008

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Laszlo VINE VOICE on March 1, 2008
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For those who do not want to read a looong exegesis of this release I can only tell you that the production is overall superb and the music worthy. In fact, what is coming out of Cologne's studios lately via AVIE and CPO is not only excellent renditions, but in superb sound.
Having lived in Germany for several years during the 80s, I can only confirm how much better Germans are in building up acoustics and recording than almost anyone else. This allows us to hear Reznicek's beautiful orchestation here. For those who think that he was an "operettic" composer (because of the success of the Donna Diana Overture) this will be an eye opener.
To ad to the proceedings, CPO throws in Reznicek's own 1922 acoustic recordings of two overtures. Great afterthought.

If I have to criticize CPO for something (not subtracting any stars, nonetheless) is that whoever does their English translations is not doing a good work. They're simply terrible and fully unidiomatic. German, translated like this, sounds pompous, obscure and simply difficult to grasp. And I have other CPO releases that confirm this assessment. CPO: please read!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 20, 2008
If there ever was a classical 'one-hit wonder' it's Emil von Reznicek, whose 'Donna Diana' Overture is the only thing of his that the ordinary classical music lover knows. But there seems to be a burgeoning of interest in his other works spearheaded by recent recordings on the cpo label. This is the fifth of cpo's releases of his music that I have reviewed and it becomes more and more a mystery why his music has lapsed into obscurity. I suppose there are some reasons that are easy to discover: he came along a bit late in the post-romantic era, wrote music very similar to and possibly less attractive than that of Strauss (whom he satirized wickedly in his 'Der Sieger' tone poem), he lived on into the expressionist era of Schoenberg, Webern and Berg, and he was an odd man whose quirky interpersonal style puzzled some, angered others. Plus, he had a very strange sense of humor which often didn't go down well. Still, he wrote some glorious music and I strongly recommend the recordings not only of his tone poems 'Schlemihl' and 'Der Sieger' but the complete opera 'Donna Diana.' Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek: Schlemihl; Raskolnikoff, Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek: Der Sieger, Reznicek: Donna Diana.

This CD includes a couple of almost completely unknown orchestral works, plus his occasionally played 'Lustspiel-Ouvertüre'. It also includes a couple of tracks -- 'Lustpiel-Ouvertüre' and 'Donna Diana Ouvertüre' -- conducted by Reznicek himself, recorded in 1922.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By AndrewCF on November 4, 2010
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Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek: Der Sieger Was Emil von Reznicek the most spiteful composer who ever lived? Quite possibly. While it is relatively well known that spite was a factor in careers of Wagner and D'Indy, we sometimes forget the dissolution of Wolf and Hans Rott into madness prompted by such explosive feelings. After achieving fame for the opera "Donna Diana" (the overture to which has remained his only staple of the concert repertoire), Reznicek was beset by family tragedies. The composer was subject to comments of chiding and condescension by Richard Strauss, the prime force of the German musical world; Strauss once requested that Reznicek compose works that were more "pretty" and less "modern" for inclusion in a public performance - this coming after Strauss' dissonant and often strident "Salome," "Elektra" and "Don Quixote." The reality is that Reznicek was a master orchestrator, and his neglect is undeserved. Still, Reznicek cannot resist the urge to mock Strauss in the "Chamisso Variations", going beyond the taunting of "Til Eulenspiegel" into absolute derision. Though his "Kol Nidrei Variations" has a haunting Adagio, Reznicek cannot help from taking swipes at Schreker, then the most respected opera composer in the German repertoire at the time (Schreker's fame, of course, dissolved into obscurity after the 30s, and the composer was not to be rediscovered until the 80s). Reznicek's tone poem "Der Sieger" (The Victor) is a brilliant nose-thumbing of Strauss' "Sinfonia Domestica;" the music often sounds as if it were written for a circus or ballet. It's final movement, "Der Tod" is passionate and memorable. Michail Jurowski has done an important service in bringing these frustrating works to the public. The WDR Symphony Orchestra is outstanding, as are the recordings. Even though "Der Sieger" runs for just over 48 minutes, it is worth acquiring.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G.D. TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 15, 2012
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CPO has made so many invaluable contributions to the catalogue of recorded music that I am starting to lose count. Their series devoted to the music of Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek (1860-1945) is certainly one of them, and while the installment at hand may be less obviously a mandatory acquisition than the release containing his masterly symphonic poem Der Sieger it is still a very rewarding one. Reznicek's music does in many ways resemble that of his friend and contemporary Richard Strauss. Maybe it is unable to rival Strauss for sheer level of invention (and variety), but it does contain an element of humor (often in the form of sarcasm) and scathing self-irony that you don't really find in Strauss. In many ways Reznicek is often even more over the top dramatic at times, and he certainly doesn't employ the classical elegance that characterizes at least Strauss's later works, but the results are certainly not mere second-rate Strauss.

The touch of humor is definitely in evidence in the Chamisso Variations, or "Theme and Variations after the poem `Tragic Tale' by Adalbet von Chamisso", which is inspired by a story of a man whose pigtail hangs down his back; by turning around said man attempts to bring the pigtail to the front, but to no avail. It seems, in short, to be a typical Reznicek-inspiration. The music is in any case enjoyable and certainly resourceful, with its almost grotesque parodies of Straussian late-romanticism, imaginative twists and turns and elusively touching parts. It is not a masterwork - Reznicek fails to provide any memorable thematic material, for instance - but great fun and definitely worth getting to know.
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