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Strauss: Vier Letzte Lieder, Debussy: Arriettes oubliées - Stagg, Martin

Strauss: Vier Letzte Lieder, Debussy: Arriettes oubliées - Stagg, Martin

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra  MSO0001

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Vocal


Siobhan Stagg (soprano)
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Martín (conductor)


The first album released on the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra label, Chief Conductor Jaime Martín leads the MSO through Claude Debussy's Arriettes oubliées (arr. Brett Dean) and Richard Strauss' Four Last Songs.

Featuring the MSO 2023 Artist in Residence, Siobhan Stagg, these works will simply take your breath away.

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Comment by hiredfox - May 6, 2024 (1 of 6)

Is this another collaboration with LSO Live in similar vein to The Mariinsky and NSO labels?

Comment by Steven Harrison - May 11, 2024 (2 of 6)

As it happens, I attended the MSO yesterday for a Debussy and Strauss concert, not the ones on this recording. New conductor Jaime Martin is just fabulous with everything.
I do not live in metropolitan Melbourne. I live an hour's train ride away. But I do attend concerts on occasion. I have been attending more lately with the arrival of Maestro Martin. He makes everything just shine!!!!
And now we have the first sacd on the MSO label. It is available from May 31 on the orchestral website.

As to any connection to LSO Live, perhaps that will be clearer once I get the disc and read the booklet.
However, both those noted associations were with LSO conductors. I don't believe that Jaime Martin is affiliated with the LSO.

In the past the Melbourne Symphony released sacds on Chandos. But that all is a fair while ago.

Comment by Adrian Quanjer - May 12, 2024 (3 of 6)

Thanks, Steven for your comments. I listened to snippets on Presto. What a beautiful voice! I ordered through Amazon.fr (évidemment!)

Comment by hiredfox - May 13, 2024 (4 of 6)

Well, 'yes' is the answer to my own earlier question! All explained here;

https://www.mso.com.au/media-centre/press-releases/melbourne-symphony-orchestra-launches-in-house-record-label-in-partnership-with-lso-live
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Evidently the LSO Live model works financially and artistically so it's a no-brainer for other progressive orchestras to follow their model. Sadly, the geopolitical situation in Europe has robbed us of the Mariinsky label but good to see the NSO in Washington DC and now Melbourne are keeping the faith. As mainstream music labels give up on SACD this may be the way for others to go.

Comment by Steven Harrison - May 13, 2024 (5 of 6)

HF, Thanks for that.
BTW, your link didn't work for me, but I found the article on the orchestra website and have pasted it below:

https://www.mso.com.au/media-centre/press-releases/melbourne-symphony-orchestra-launches-in-house-record-label-in-partnership-with-lso-live

This is really just the best news!!!!
Jaime Martin has really lifted the playing of the orchestra, and now everyone everywhere will be able to hear for themselves.

FWIW, going to yet another concert later this week. However, it will be with a different conductor. Still, I suspect the orchestra will play at the same high level.

Comment by Graham Williams - May 14, 2024 (6 of 6)

Debussy & Strauss is the first release of recordings stemming from a new production and distribution partnership, signed in December 2022, between the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra(MSO) and the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO).Chief Conductor Jaime Martín praises the new release. “The Strauss and Debussy concerts with the incredible Siobhan Stagg were among my personal highlights of 2023,” says Martín. “Our partnership with the LSO means that the first recording on our new label will receive international distribution and promotion, allowing the MSO to share this wonderful music with the largest possible audience.”