“Our Buffalo Philharmonic Strauss recording was a ‘dream project’ that we will not soon forget. Composer D. Wilson Ochoa created for the first time an 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, humor, whimsy and melodic richness. Coupled with Ariadne is Strauss’ Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme suite – an absolute jewel of incidental music that marries the composer’s own romanticism with his love of the Baroque music of Jean Baptiste Lully.”
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.
Listen to an extract from Ariadne auf Naxos – Symphony-Suite:
1. Prologue (Overture to the Prologue)
Listen to JoAnn Falletta
in conversation with Peter Hall
about this release
About the Artists
JoAnn Falletta serves as music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Virginia Symphony, and principal guest conductor of the Brevard Music Center. Her conducting has been acclaimed by The Washington Post as having “Toscanini’s tight control over ensemble, Walter’s affectionate balancing of inner voices, Stokowski’s gutsy showmanship, and a controlled frenzy worthy of Bernstein.” A champion of American music, she has presented over five hundred works by American composers, including 110 world premières.
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; works by Chance, Jenkins and Prokofiev; and 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.
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is Buffalo’s leading cultural ambassador. During JoAnn Falletta's tenure the BPO has rekindled its distinguished history of radio broadcasts and recordings, including 24 new albums of highly diverse repertoire on the Naxos and Beau Fleuve labels. The Philharmonic’s Naxos recording of John Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man (8.559331) won GRAMMYs® in two of the three categories for which it was nominated – Classical Vocal Performance and Classical Contemporary Composition.
Other recommended recordings by JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic
“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 ★★★★★