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Metamorphosen [Import]

R. Strauss Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (March 20, 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion UK
  • Run Time: 78.00 minutes
  • ASIN: B000LV6CKU
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,241 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Metamorphosen
2. Allegro
3. Scherzo:Presto - Molto Meno Mosso - Tempo I
4. Andante
5. Finale: Vivace
6. Prelude To Capriccio

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5.0 out of 5 stars a lovely recording of early Strauss June 20, 2013
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Actually, the Septet "Metamorphosen" and the Sextet Prelude to "Capriccio" are lovely too: I just haven't warmed to them -- especially "Metamorphosen," which is one of these works that I believe I OUGHT to like more than I actually like it -- sort of like some Henry James! The "Capriccio" sextet, at about 11 minutes, is fine, though, and the tonal allure and refinement of phrasing in this performance are well caught by Hyperion's engineers. The charmer for me on this disc is the 21-year old Strauss's Piano Quartet -- it's forty minutes long, in four movements, with plenty of variety, and while it seems Brahmsian in its procedure, it sounds airier and a bit less "thick" than Brahms sometimes sounds. The charming finale maybe could be shorter, but it's played with such verve that you don't mind. The scherzo movement (the second) is high spirited and humorous, and the slow movement knits some lovely melodic material together. The pianist Ian Brown is a tower of strength throughout -- his playing forms a kind of backbone to the movements, and the playing his beautiful just as pure sound. Listening to the Nash Ensemble's Suk disc made me try this -- overall the Suk disc seems more individual and unusual to me, but this is distinguished playing of rarely heard material, and that early Piano Quartet could hold its own anywhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Late-Romantic Continuum . . . April 1, 2012
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Late-Romantic Continuum . . .

Cultural enthusiasts may find it diverting to consider the curious late-Romantic continuum of musical idiom between late-Brahms, early-Schönberg, and late-Strauss, wherein they richly explore the strange seas of post-Wagnerian chromatic harmony.

In the case of this Nash Ensemble disc featuring the string sextet Prelude to Capriccio and the string septet Metamorphosen, the point is (a bit) humorously observable: the elderly Strauss in his ripest `Indian Summer' has rediscovered a preference very in the vein of the youthful Schönberg's precocious early style.
Indeed, there are virtually as many aural parallels between Strauss's own early style (cf. Don Juan, Don Quixote, Enoch Arden, 1888-97) and Schönberg's first period masterpieces (e.g., Verklärte Nacht, First String Quartet, First Chamber Symphony, 1899-1906), as there are between the latter and Strauss's late Sonatinas and Metamorphosen (1943-45).
(One might add that by this organic view it seems a case of critical overkill to frame Strauss's last works as outright `neo-Romanticism'.)

The estimable Nash Ensemble has perhaps worked in the older
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