Both of Richard Strauss’ Sonatinas for winds are late works. They were written in the closing years of the Second World War and their composition coincided with some of the most terrible events in contemporary history. Despite this both are reflective rather than overtly pessimistic in mood, although the Sonatina No 1, which is scored for sixteen instruments, carries the subtitle ‘From an Invalid’s Workshop’. The Sonatina No 2, which is more substantial and was published as Symphonie für Bläser (Symphony for Winds), finds Strauss in lighter mood and the title of ‘Happy Workshop’ reflects its dedication to “the shade of the immortal Mozart at the end of a life full of thankfulness”.
The two Sonatinas, with their subconscious references to Capriccio, Der Rosenkavalier and other masterpieces, capture Strauss at his most mercurial without the bombast of some of his larger scale works. Given the popularity of the Oboe Concerto and Metamorphosen, both of which date from the same period, the neglect of the two Sonatinas is a mystery.
# Composer: Richard Strauss
# Orchestra: Winds Academy Of Munich
# Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch
Number of Discs: 1
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 748 MB
Analyzed folder: /96k Strauss – Symphony For Wind Instruments – Sawallisch
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR14 -0.69 dB -18.74 dB A1 Allegro con Brio.aif
DR13 -4.57 dB -23.34 dB A2 Andantino, Sehr Gemaechlich.aif
DR14 -1.72 dB -20.21 dB B1 Menuet, Etwas Lebhaft.aif
DR14 -0.31 dB -19.73 dB B2 Introcuction And Allegro.aif
Number of files: 4
Official DR value: DR14
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