Mariss Jansons, conductor emeritus
After the successful release of Richard Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben in 2004, Mariss Jansons and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra once again present two familiar symphonic poems by Strauss, who had such close ties with the then fledgling Concertgebouw Orchestra.
This CD brings together live performances of Don Juan and Eine Alpensinfonie which were recorded during the 2007–8 season and which met with great acclaim both in and outside the Netherlands. Although Don Juan and Eine Alpensinfonie were not dedicated to Willem Mengelberg and the Concertgebouw Orchestra, as Ein Heldenleben was, both works sound here as if they were written for the Amsterdam-based orchestra.
Recorded live at Concertgebouw Amsterdam on 19, 20, 21 and 23 September 2007 (Alpensinfonie) and 18 and 21 October 2007 and 16 and 17 January 2008 (Don Juan).
From the Press
"One word for the Royal Concertgebouw: Superhuman."
- concert review of Don Juan, Los Angeles Times, 1 February 2008
"A rich, dramatic Don Juan, built on bitter-sweet woodwind timbres, magnificently bright brasses and uncommonly velvety strings."
- concert review of Don Juan, The New York Times, 8 February 2008
"This could , in fact, be described as purest Hollywood ‘film music’ before the concept even existed. But when the work is performed as beautifully as the RCO did under Jansons, one can only yield helplessly to it."
- concert review of Eine Alpensinfonie, Parool 20 September 2007