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    Orchestre National de France

    Cristian Măcelaru | direction
    Matthias Goerne | baritone

    Strauss, Wagner and Matthias Goerne, chemistry at its best.

    Matthias Goerne
    Matthias Goerne - DR
    Cristian Măcelaru
    Cristian Măcelaru © Christophe Abramowitz

    Strauss Serenade for wind instruments
    Wagner Wesendonck-Lieder (Hans Werner Henze orchestration)
    Webern Passacaglia
    Schubert Symphony No. 4 D. 417 « Tragic » 

    CDebussy's joke about Richard Strauss is well known: “Of the two Richards, I choose Wagner, and of the two Strausses, I prefer Johann.” But if they are considered to be supporters of the very large form, the two Richards are here brought together in two concise works: the Serenade for wind instruments by a twenty-year-old Strauss, who is here following in the footsteps of his father, the first solo horn in the Bayreuth Festival orchestra; and the Wesendonck Lieder, a cycle of five miniatures in which Wagner hones the themes that will be those of Tristan und Isolde: a subliminal message sent to Mathilde Wesendonck, which we are eager to hear in the voice of Matthias Goerne. Passacaglia by a Webern who is not yet dodecaphonic and Schubert's Fourth Symphony will finally take us to Vienna.

    OPRODUCTION Théâtre des Champs-Elysées / Radio France
    Live broadcast on France Musique.

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