Strauss Tone Poems


Richard Strauss Tone Poems concert [our name]. Andriss Nelsons conducts the Concertgebouw Orchestra at the Royal Concertgebouw in 2013 and 2014. The program includes:

  1. Also sprach Zarasthustra
  2. Till Eulenspiegel
  3. Macbeth

Released 2014, disc has dts 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

Hugo Shirley, writing in the March 2015 Gramophone at pages 43-44 recommends this highly and approves of the video stating, "Nelson's podium manner is relaxed and warm, characteristics that seep through into the playing, while the camera direction is excellent and cannily in tune with the musical rhythms. " Well, as usual, we can't tell if Shirley reviewed the DVD or the HDVD (Blu-ray). But the notion of the video being in "tune with the musical rhythms" suggests the HDVD will be infected by DVDitis. This dread disease arises when the TV director provides a rapid succession of numerous short clips of the conductor and small groups of players in a kind of "road-runner race" around the orchestra. For more on this, see our special article on making a good HDVD of a symphony orchestra performance.