Violinist Arabella Steinbacher has released her latest album on the Pentatone label“Aber der Richtige…” with the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne and conductor Lawrence Foster. The recording features works for violin and orchestra by Richard Strauss, and represents a deeply personal project for Steinbacher, who plays the Strauss Violin concerto and orchestrations of her favorite lieder she remembers from her childhood. The album takes its name from the sisters’ Act 1 duet in Strauss’s opera Arabella.
Steinbacher released a personal note along with the album, which says:
“Maybe it is because of my name, which my parents gave me as great Strauss lovers, that his music touches me so much. Born into a world full of singing, as a child I used to sit under the grand piano in my “music cave” while my father rehearsed with singers. The famous duet from Arabella, which my parents engraved in our banisters, has accompanied me since I can remember.
This duet was finally the impetus to record an album with only works by Richard Strauss. Of course, even if the sung lyrics are missing, I have dared to sing these songs on my violin and hope that singers will forgive me.
I hope you enjoy traveling through this Romantic sound world.”
Strauss Violin Concerto in D Minor, Opus 8
Romanze in F Major (Arr. For Violin & Orchestra)
from 5 Klavierstücke, Op 3, No. 4 in A-Flat Major: Allegro molto
from 8 Gedichte aus “Letzte Blätter”, Op. 10, No. 1 Zueignung
from 3 Lieder, Op. 29, No. 1 Traum durch die Dämmerung
from 4 Lieder, Op. 27, No. 2 Cäcilie
from 5 Lieder, Op 41, No. 1 Wiegenlied
from Arabella, Op. 79 Aber der Richtige wenn’s einen gibt