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Andrew Quint
Fanfare, July 2015

Nelsons achieves the characteristic density of the Straussian orchestral sonority, and the players have no fear of the most challenging passagework and solo turns. The conductor reveals the very different psychologies of the three tone poems. From the sensual universality of Also sprach to the more narrative portrayal of a relationship in Macbeth to the wryly humorous representation of a trickster archetype in Till Eulenspiegel, it all resonates at a satisfyingly visceral level in Nelsons’s hands. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Nicholas Sheffo
Fulvue Drive-in, May 2015

…the cast is solid throughout. © 2015 Fulvue Drive-in Read complete review




Geoff Brown
BBC Music Magazine, April 2015

STRAUSS, R.: Also sprach Zarathustra / Macbeth / Till Eulenspiegel (Nelsons) (NTSC) 718908
STRAUSS, R.: Also sprach Zarathustra / Macbeth / Till Eulenspiegel (Nelsons) (Blu-ray, HD) 719004

…there’s always the music and the Concertgebouw’s effortlessly wonderful playing. Nelsons certainly doesn’t break Concertgebouw traditions. Sample the limpid woodwind colours in Till Eulenspiegel, the perfect complement to the hall’s harmonious shades of gold, yellow and brown; or the strings’ distinctive wisdom and wit during the twists and turns of Also sprach Zarathustra. Yet Nelsons also generates his own special passion and drive, especially evident in Also sprach Zarathustra…

…the players’ ease and palpable enjoyment regularly catch the cameras’ eyes. © 2015 BBC Music Magazine




Hugo Shirley
Gramophone, March 2015

STRAUSS, R.: Also sprach Zarathustra / Macbeth / Till Eulenspiegel (Nelsons) (NTSC) 718908
STRAUSS, R.: Also sprach Zarathustra / Macbeth / Till Eulenspiegel (Nelsons) (Blu-ray, HD) 719004

…the performance here is a delight—mischievous, light on its feet and played with impeccable virtuosity. © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



John Quinn
MusicWeb International, February 2015

Macbeth is the earliest work on the programme. It’s not one of Strauss’s best tone poems but Nelsons makes a very strong case for it in this performance. He conducts it with gusto and evident belief and…the playing of the RCO is marvellous. …it’s good to find this excellent Strauss conductor exploring one of the composer’s less familiar pieces and doing it with such conviction.

The performance [of Till Eulenspiegel] is brilliant with wit and finesse in abundance. The orchestra collectively is on imperious form—the woodwind playing is a special delight—and there’s some marvellous solo playing to admire. Nelsons conducts with tremendous flair and evident enjoyment; it must be very satisfying and exciting to conduct one of the best orchestras in the world in this flamboyant virtuoso showpiece.

The presentation is worthy of the playing: the camera-work is first rate, as is the sound. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Paul E. Robinson
Musical Toronto, January 2015

STRAUSS, R.: Also sprach Zarathustra / Macbeth / Till Eulenspiegel (Nelsons) (NTSC) 718908
STRAUSS, R.: Also sprach Zarathustra / Macbeth / Till Eulenspiegel (Nelsons) (Blu-ray, HD) 719004

…this remarkable orchestra has never sounded better.

In Also Sprach Zarathustra the members of the Royal Concertgebouw play like men and women possessed. It is exciting music-making, but it is also very disciplined. Balances have been carefully rehearsed and the quiet passages are executed with infinite care. This is a wonderful performance. © 2015 Musical Toronto Read complete review





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