STRAUSS: ARIADNE AUF NAXOS (SYMPHONY SUITE), LE BOURGEOIS GENTILHOMME (SUITE)
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Richard Strauss’ Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme suite was one of his own favourite
scores, an absolute jewel of incidental music that combines the composer’s
romanticism with his love of the Baroque music of Jean-Baptiste Lully. D. Wilson
Ochoa has created a new symphonic orchestral suite from Strauss’ opulent
Ariadne auf Naxos, enabling the orchestra to revel in music of extreme beauty and
sensuous luxury, studded with gorgeous instrumental solos and the composer’s
incomparable blend of poignancy, humour and melodic richness.
This recording reunites two of Richard Strauss’s best works from 1912 in an
entirely new context. The suite from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme has long
been a popular choice for orchestral recordings, but as an ‘opera-within-opera’,
Ariadne auf Naxos in its original version with singers is a complex
and demanding production.