R. Strauss: Don Juan, Metamorphosen, Lieder

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Label: AVIE
Catalog: AV2172
Format: CD

Joan Rodgers, soprano; Jan Latham-Koenig, conductor / piano; Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra

Richard Strauss (1864 - 1949)
Don Juan, Op. 20 / Four Songs from Op. 10 (1885) / Die Zeitlose · The Saffron Crocus, Op.10, No. 7 / Allerseelen · All Soul's Day, Op.10, No. 8 / Die Georgine · Georgine, Op.10, No. 4 / Die Verschwiegenen · Concealed, Op.10, No. 6 / Begegnung · Meeting o.Op.72 / Rote Rosen · Red Roses o.Op.76 / Die erwachte Rose · The Rose Awoken o.Op.66 / Morgen! · Tomorrow! Op.27, No. 4 / Metamorphosen (1945)

Jan Latham-Koenig was one of Avie's flagship artists. As Music Director of the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, he recorded the unique coupling of Franck's Symphony in D with extracts from Psyché (AV 0003), and Ibert's rare, early opera Persée et Andromède (AV 0008). These recordings of Strauss' Don Juan and Metamorphosen were Latham-Koenig's valedictory recordings in Strasbourg, and illuminate his brilliant ability to shape phrases and extract orchestral colour - ideal for Strauss' vividly pictorial tone poems. An equally accomplished pianist, Latham-Koenig completes the album by accompanying one of England's leading vocal lights, soprano Joan Rodgers, in a selection of Strauss' early Lieder.

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