R. Strauss: Don Juan, Metamorphosen, Lieder
Joan Rodgers, soprano; Jan Latham-Koenig, conductor / piano; Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra
Richard Strauss (1864 - 1949)
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.