• Richard Strauss

    Tod und Verklärung, Don Juan, Sechs Lieder Op. 68

    Robin Ticciati, Louise Alder, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

    Tod und Verklärung, Don Juan, Sechs Lieder Op. 68 1 cd CKD640
    Linn Records

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For his fifth recording with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Robin Ticciati conducts a captivating programme of Richard Strauss including Tod und Verklärung and Don Juan. The scandalous story of the insatiable Don Juan forms the inspiration for a tone poem which is rich in imagination and dramatic flourishes. Tod und Verklärung is further testament to Strauss’s vivid imagination; his exploration of the mystery of death and what may follow was written when he was only twenty-five. Ticciati is a consummate Straussian, as his triumphant Rosenkavalier at Glyndebourne demonstrated, and his complete control of phrase shape and dynamics delivers performances of tremendous power and lucidity. Soprano Louise Alder joins Ticciati and the DSO to record what she describes as ‘a fiendish but beloved cycle of Strauss songs’: Sechs Lieder, Op. 68, affectionately known as the Brentano Lieder. Alder won Best Young Singer at the International Opera Awards 2017 and represented England in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition 2017, winning both the third round and the Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize. The recording will be released to coincide with Ticciati’s fourth season as Music Director of the DSO in September 2020.

"Album Choice: Another rewarding Ticciati programme ... Ticciati's probing Don Juan reminded me of the old VPO/Furtwängler LP, whilst Tod eschews sensationalism and has lovely quiet playing."
Hi-Fi News
"Robin Ticciati continues his nigh-unbroken series of remarkable orchestral performances with this latest disc, containing some of his very best work on disc. The Strauss lieder are sensitively sung by Louise Alder."
Classical CD Choice
"4* The early tone poem Don Juan is a perfect starting point. Ticciati's boyish enthusiasm feeds every impetuous moment ... Then it's back to orchestral power play in Tod und Verklärung, and a stirring tour de force from Ticciati."
The Scotsman
"Recommended: ... this is a great disc of Strauss ... If Don Juan glitters then Tod und Verklärung glows ... it's a gorgeous recording."
MusicWeb International
"Explosive Strauss from Berlin, with Louise Alder on glorious form ... The orchestra's exuberant account of Don Juan flows and explodes like lava ... Tod und Verklärung is mysterious, yearning, majestic."
The Observer