Strauss’s early horn concerto Op. 11, which he intended to be accompanied by either orchestra or piano, is far more than a mere audition piece. Strauss’s first biographer Max Steinitzer described op. 11 as 'beautiful in its form', 'brilliant' and 'appetising', making special reference to the lyrical sentiment and song-like nature of the thematic and motivic progressions, which eclipse the actual development of such themes. The 2018 / 2019 season is Christian Thielemann’s seventh as Principal Conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden. Following engagements at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, in Gelsenkirchen, Karlsruhe, Hanover and Dusseldorf, in 1988 he moved to Nuremberg to occupy the post of General Music Director. Christian Thielemann has contributed to the birthday celebrations for Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss with numerous Staatskapelle concerts in the Semperoper and on tour. His programmes have also featured a wide range of music from Bach to Henze, Rihm and Gubaidulina.
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The Classical Music Collector
"Thielemann conducting Richard Strauss sounds like a perfect match. On this intelligently programmed 2CD set, Strauss’ First Horn Concerto, written when he was 18 and still a student, is paired with the even earlier Serenade for Wind instruments, and together these two juvenile works give a picture of a precocious and confident young man. The remainder of the set is given over to two very late works: another piece for wind ensemble, Sonatina No. 1 From an Invalid's Workshop of 1943, and the consummate Metamorphosen for strings from 1945. The dual contrast between winds and strings, and youth and age, gives this release an unusual and telling expressive intensity. Recorded live with the Staatskapelle Dresden, the performances have a lovely warmth and immediacy that benefit this richly-scored music." - Chris Dench
R Strauss Horn Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 11 1. Horn Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 11, TrV 117: I. Allegro (Live) 2. Horn Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 11, TrV 117: II. Andante (Live) 3. Horn Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 11, TrV 117: III. Rondo. Allegro (Live)
R Strauss Serenade in E flat major for Winds, Op. 7 1. Serenade in E-Flat Major, Op. 7, TrV 106 (Live)
R Strauss Sonatina No. 1 in F Major, TrV 288 "Aus der Werkstatt eines Invaliden" 2. Sonatina No. 1 in F Major, TrV 288 "Aus der Werkstatt eines Invaliden": I. Allegro moderato (Live) 3. Sonatina No. 1 in F Major, TrV 288 "Aus der Werkstatt eines Invaliden": II. Romanze und menuetto. Andante - Tempo di menuetto (Live) 4. Sonatina No. 1 in F Major, TrV 288 "Aus der Werkstatt eines Invaliden": III. Finale. Molto allegro (Live)
R Strauss Metamorphosen 5. Metamorphosen, TrV 290 (Live)