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Ariadne auf Naxos – Symphony-Suite
Richard STRAUSS (1864–1949)
Ariadne auf Naxos
(Symphony-Suite, arr. D. Wilson Ochoa)
Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme – Suite
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
JoAnn Falletta
“Our Buffalo Philharmonic Strauss recording was a ‘dream project’ that we will not soon forget... Coupled with [Strauss’ opulent] Ariadne is [his] Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme suite – an absolute jewel of incidental music...In combining these pieces on one CD, we are reuniting two rare [and]…stunning Strauss works.”
– JoAnn Falletta
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.
JoAnn Falletta| D. Wilson Ochoa| Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
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   About JoAnn Falletta
JoAnn Falletta serves as Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic and Virginia Symphony, and is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Brevard Music Center of North Carolina. She has guest conducted many of the most prominent orchestras around the world. Recipient of the Seaver/National Endowment for the Arts Conductors Award, winner of the Stokowski Competition, and the Toscanini, Ditson and Bruno Walter conducting awards, Falletta has also received twelve ASCAP awards and served on the U.S. National Council on the Arts. Her Naxos recordings include the double GRAMMY® Award-winning disc of works by John Corigliano and GRAMMY® nominated discs of works by Tyberg, Dohnányi, Fuchs, Schubert, Respighi, Gershwin, Hailstork and Holst.
   About D. Wilson Ochoa
Aside from playing French horn for 13 years, D. Wilson Ochoa is also known for his orchestral and chamber arrangements and transcriptions. These include Aaron Copland’s Emblems, and additional works by Chance, Jenkins and Prokofiev, as well as the opening Promenade from Leonard Slatkin’s compilation of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition (Naxos 8.570716). Ochoa has also been a producer on four albums by the Nashville Symphony and the Alias Chamber Ensemble on the Naxos label.
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   About the Buffalo
   Philharmonic Orchestra
The GRAMMY® Award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, is Buffalo’s leading cultural ambassador and presents more than 120 Classics, Pops and Youth Concerts each year. During the tenure of JoAnn Falletta the BPO has rekindled its distinguished history of radio broadcasts and recordings, including the release of 24 new albums of a highly diverse repertoire on the Naxos and Beau Fleuve labels. The Philharmonic’s Naxos recording of composer John Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man (8.559331), featuring soprano Hila Plitmann, won GRAMMYs® in two categories of the three for which it was nominated – Classical Vocal Performance and Classical Contemporary Composition.
“Falletta’s interpretation perfectly captures Strauss’s combination of rollicking humor, schmaltz, and sublime lyricism.”
– American Record Guide
“The performances are delicious.”
– The Weekend Australian Magazine
“This interpretation is the real thing; the energy, enthusiasm, and grandeur of Falletta’s reading are graphic evidence of her love of this music.”
– American Record Guide
“The Buffalo musicians seem to be thoroughly inside this music, and much of the credit must go to JoAnn Falletta, who brings out all the splendor and verve of Suk’s writing for orchestra.”
– Audiophile Audition, ★★★★★