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Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, July 2017

[Roth] has an innate feeling for Strauss’s post-Wagnerian, fin de siècle idiom, which combines a potent elixir of bombast, nostalgia, euphoria, and exhaustion. My sense of what I’ve heard of Roth’s Strauss is that once his recordings have put on a few years in the catalog he will come to be seen as the latter-day Rudolf Kempe, the conductor whose Strauss recordings with the Dresden Staatskapelle have long occupied an iconic status among critics and audiences alike. That is very high praise for Roth, who is not yet 50. The Southwest German Radio (SWR) Symphony Orchestra of Baden-Baden and Freiburg plays magnificently and the recording is fantastic. Very highly recommended. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review



Roger Hecht
American Record Guide, May 2017

Both performances make Roth’s French approach work. Both pulled me in and kept my attention. …The sound is open and lifelike, and the notes are decent. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Steven Kruger
Fanfare, May 2017

The SWR orchestra is wonderfully recorded in the Freiburg Konzerthaus and performs well, if with a touch of its typical self-effacement—more strings and logic than perky winds and personality. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review



Huntley Dent
Fanfare, May 2017

Even though Roth delivered a fairly fast performance, you found yourself paying attention to details, relaxing into his gentler lyricism, and appreciating a new interpreter with a perfect instinct for making Strauss’s luxurious orchestral writing take flight.

The woodwind soloists give off an air of delight in their playing; everything in general feels personal and involving. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review




Hugo Shirley
Gramophone, April 2017

The woodwind-playing is brilliantly characterful and vivid; the strings, more silky than velvety, are no less alive and responsive, and Roth coaxes some exquisitely tender phrasing from them.

The sound of the full orchestra, though not as glamorous or burnished as Karajan’s BPO (who is?), is immaculately blended, and there’s some especially refined and musical playing from the brass—listen to the way they phrase in the Adagio’s various climaxes (at 2'10", for example). Roth’s conducting is on the swift side, and some might feel he rushes on a couple of occasions. But it’s irresistibly full of energy and life: the sheer hustle and bustle and invention of the music is conveyed beautifully.

Above all, though the pictorial details are never short-changed, Roth manages to make this sometimes intractable score make such clear and obvious symphonic sense. © 2017 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, February 2017

Sensitive and naturally rich performances of Strauss’s family portrait Symphonia Domestica as well as of his late composition Metamorphosen. © 2017 Pizzicato




Blair Sanderson
AllMusic.com, February 2017

The string ensemble, drawn from the SWR Sinfonieorchester, plays with intensity and incisive clarity, allowing every strand of the counterpoint to be heard independently, yet at the same time expressing powerful emotions through some of Strauss’ most poignant harmonies. Highly recommended. © 2017 AllMusic.com Read complete review





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