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Phil Muse
Audio Video Club of Atlanta, May 2020

…Mariss Jansons leads the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Runfunks (Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra to you!) in illuminating accounts of works that utilize all the resouces of a great orchestra. In the process, he attempts to define the place Richard Strauss occupies in the pantheon of music. At issue here are the composer’s famous tone poem Thus Spake Zarathustra (Also Sprach Zarathustra) and his Burleske for piano and orchestra.

Burleske, a single 26-minute movement for piano and orchestra, is certainly not a concerto. … With its vibrancy, dazzling tone color, and excitement, capitalized in a performance in which Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov joins forces with Jansons and the orchestra… © 2020 Audio Video Club of Atlanta Read complete review

Rafael Ortega Basagoiti
Scherzo, May 2020

Here is an epic Zarathustra, of great, energetic and overwhelming beginning, and built with a wealth of extraordinary expression and atmosphere, beyond a spectacular, clear and formidable orchestral performance. The beginning of Von der Wissenschaft is horrifying, as is the irresistible intensity of the continuous fugue at the beginning of the next number, Der Genesende, until its overwhelming climax. Masterly transition to a charming Tanzlied, with beautiful oboe and concertmaster solos. The orchestra does not miss the opportunity that the brilliant orchestral sound of Strauss gives them: they show off all their splendour, which is a lot. Extraordinary the epilogue, with a whispered, almost ethereal, ending.

A magnificent album, which is to be recommended without hesitation. © 2020 Scherzo

Raul da Gama
The WholeNote, March 2020

This is a stupendous live recording. The Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks play with adventure and excitement under Marriss Jansons’ inspired leadership. Few other versions manage to give a convincing sense of the shape to this work. … Pianist Daniil Trifonov is particularly dazzling with exemplary lucidity, showing why he is the darling of the cognoscenti today as he employs the sweetest tones to create a great Romantic wash of colour. © 2020 The WholeNote Read complete review

Blair Sanderson, March 2020

Guest pianist Daniil Trifonov joins Jansons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in the Burleske, and they give it a first-rate virtuoso treatment, but this disc is primarily the orchestra’s showcase, and no piece shows off this orchestra’s brilliance more effectively than Also sprach Zarathustra. © 2020 Read complete review

Remy Franck
Pizzicato, February 2020

…The Burleske is outstanding. This is primarily due to Daniil Trifonov. The technical challenges don’t cause him any trouble at all, so he can concentrate fully on the music. His playing is crystal clear and brilliant, pleasantly parodic when it is required and kitsch-free in the many wonderfully lyrical moments. Jansons and his orchestra support him with fresh and colourful playing. The exciting dialogue between orchestra and soloist is one of the strengths of this live recording. © 2020 Pizzicato Read complete review

Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, February 2020

…Jansons delivers a beautifully moulded performance, with satisfying playing that demonstrates his renown as a Straussian. Showing their absolute affinity for the music, the Bavarian players are clearly relishing every second. A distinctive warm Straussian lyricism is evident throughout. © 2020 MusicWeb International Read complete review

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