Strauss, R: Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40 (A Hero's Life)

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Richard Strauss: Karl Böhm conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Richard Strauss: Karl Böhm conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra


Strauss, R:

Burleske for Piano and orchestra in D minor, AV85

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24

Nikita Magaloff (piano)

Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40


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Richard Strauss: Tone Poems, Vol. 1

Richard Strauss: Tone Poems, Vol. 1


Strauss, R:

Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24


South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg, Francois-Xavier Roth

This CD marks the beginning of a new recording cycle of the complete symphonic poems of Richard Strauss as performed by the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg and their principal conductor, François-Xavier Roth.

Future volumes will be released during the coming years, at the rate of two CDs per year. Already in his first release with hänssler CLASSIC of Mahler's 1st Symphony, the French conductor has made it clear that he has both the strength as well as the sensitivity to build delicate orchestral colors – exactly what is necessary with Richard Strauss’ works. And with his orchestra, Roth has one of the best ensembles in Germany.

“the combination of his muscly, forward-moving approach, with not an ounce of fat on it, and perhaps most stunning engineering accorded to the master orchestrator yet, mean that both the mock-epic composer hero of Ein Heldenleben and the dying man of Tod und Verklärung make their momentous journeys without sag or stress...these performances pulse with ideal life.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2013 ****

“What I particularly like about this performance is its musical honesty...Roth draws extremely fine playing from his orchestra” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2013

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R. Strauss: Ein Heldenleben & Alpensinfonie

R. Strauss: Ein Heldenleben & Alpensinfonie


Strauss, R:

Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40

Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64

Symphonic Fantasy on Die Frau ohne Schatten, TrV234a

Der Rosenkavalier - Suite


“Expert performances of Strauss favourites” BBC Music Magazine, January 2014 ****

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Mariss Jansons conducts Beethoven & Strauss

Mariss Jansons conducts Beethoven & Strauss

Live from The Philharmonie Im Gasteig, Munich, 2011


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

Mitsuko Uchida (piano)

Strauss, R:

Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40


Beethoven wrote his Piano Concerto No. 3 around 1800, at a time in which the ambitious composer had created his fi rst important works in Vienna, such as the “Pathétique” Sonata and the “Moonlight” Sonata – personal works full of power and passion, with which he distanced himself from his mentor and model, Haydn. This performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under the direction of its principal conductor Mariss Jansons stars the distinguished pianist Mitsuko Uchida, who is known the world over for her outstanding interpretations of the piano works of Schubert, Mozart and Beethoven, as well as of 20th-century masters such as Schoenberg, Berg, Webern and Boulez.

Richard Strauss wrote his tone poem for large orchestra Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life) in 1898, shortly before he left Munich for the Berlin Court Opera, where he was appointed house conductor. In the imaginary hero whose eventful life is described in the work, the young Strauss apparently envisioned the freelance artist of his time, who was exposed to considerable hostility during the Wilhelminian era, just as Strauss himself in his early Munich period.

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“[Uchida's] firmness and clarity of articulation [are] ideal, every phrase beautifully shaped as well as placed carefully within the larger context of each movement as a whole...Jansons is inclined, perhaps, to underplay slightly the more outrageous aspects of Strauss's hyper-lavish scoring...but the stability and expansiveness of the sonic fabric he draws from his players more than makes up for it” BBC Music Magazine, August 2013 *****

“Uchida’s playing is delightful and full of deft touches. She plays with strength when required but the chief impression left with the listener is of grace and flair...Jansons visibly revels in both the music and the sound of his orchestra - and why not?” MusicWeb International, 21st October 2013

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Mariss Jansons conducts Beethoven & Strauss

Mariss Jansons conducts Beethoven & Strauss

Live from The Philharmonie Im Gasteig, Munich, 2011


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

Mitsuko Uchida (piano)

Strauss, R:

Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40


Beethoven wrote his Piano Concerto No. 3 around 1800, at a time in which the ambitious composer had created his first important works in Vienna, such as the “Pathétique” Sonata and the “Moonlight” Sonata – personal works full of power and passion, with which he distanced himself from his mentor and model, Haydn. This performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under the direction of its principal conductor Mariss Jansons stars the distinguished pianist Mitsuko Uchida, who is known the world over for her outstanding interpretations of the piano works of Schubert, Mozart and Beethoven, as well as of 20th-century masters such as Schoenberg, Berg, Webern and Boulez.

Richard Strauss wrote his tone poem for large orchestra Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life) in 1898, shortly before he left Munich for the Berlin Court Opera, where he was appointed house conductor. In the imaginary hero whose eventful life is described in the work, the young Strauss apparently envisioned the freelance artist of his time, who was exposed to considerable hostility during the Wilhelminian era, just as Strauss himself in his early Munich period.

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“[Uchida's] firmness and clarity of articulation [are] ideal, every phrase beautifully shaped as well as placed carefully within the larger context of each movement as a whole...Jansons is inclined, perhaps, to underplay slightly the more outrageous aspects of Strauss's hyper-lavish scoring...but the stability and expansiveness of the sonic fabric he draws from his players more than makes up for it.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2013 *****

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Strauss: Ein Heldenleben & Sextet from Capriccio

Strauss: Ein Heldenleben & Sextet from Capriccio


Strauss, R:

Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40

Sextet from Capriccio, Op. 85


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Strauss: Tone Poems

Strauss: Tone Poems


Strauss, R:

Don Juan, Op. 20

Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40

Peter Mirring (violin)

Waltz Sequence No. 2 (from Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59)

Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24

Salome: Dance of the Seven Veils


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Strauss: Ein Heldenleben

Strauss: Ein Heldenleben


Strauss, R:

Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40

Weber:

Oberon Overture


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Strauss: Ein Heldenleben & Vier letzte Lieder

Strauss: Ein Heldenleben & Vier letzte Lieder


Strauss, R:

Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40

Vier letzte Lieder

Dorothea Röschmann (soprano)


In a very short time, Yannick Nézet-Séguin has become one of the most sought-after young conductors in the world, popular with orchestras and audiences alike. Recently named as Music Director Designate of the Philadelphia Orchestra, he succeeded Valery Gergiev as Music Director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in 2008. He is also Chief Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

On this the second of four projected discs for BIS, the Rotterdam Philharmonic here perform two of Richard Strauss’ most popular works: The tone poem Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life) has often been described as an autobiographical work. The six interwoven sections describe themes of hope, love and courage, with a scherzo that mocks the hero’s enemies and a final climax that sees the hero withdraw from the world fulfilled.

The Four Last Songs were the last works that Strauss composed before his death in 1949, and throughout the works, the pervading mood is one of death and transience. The Rotterdam Orchestra are here joined by Dorothea Röschmann, who has built a reputation on the opera stage as one of the most admired present interpreters of Mozart and of lieder.

“This suave and efficient Strauss disc shows why Yannick Nézet-Séguin has rocketed to the first division of the conducting league.” The Times, 2nd July 2011 ***

“the gossamer textures of the Hero's 'War and Peace'...work best here, the bassoon stylishly leading the superb Rotterdam woodwind. The final retirement is gilded by a glorious horn solo...[Roschmann's] fast vibrato is offset by luminosity and soaring beauty...there's always understanding of the text, and the sunset epilogue, well accompanied by the orchestra, is moving.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2011 ***/****

“The multiple ironies of Heldenleben are superbly caught, though the emotional kernel of his interpretation lies in a sexy account of the central love scene and his touchingly beautiful treatment of the finale. The orchestral sound is lean and sinewy...[Röschmann's] voice lacks a little of its former lustre, though you can hear every word – and hear it given meaning.” The Guardian, 11th August 2011 ****

“Dorothea Röschmann has a deliciously supple and textured soprano that finds glorious colours here” Classic FM Magazine, October 2011 ***

“Nézet-Séguin's portrait of the "Hero's adversaries" is piquant rather than ironically adversarial...[Four Last Songs are] gloriously sung by Dorothea Roschmann, who has a truly lovely voice, and is most sensitively accompanied...Even among many illustrious names, there is no finer recorded performance.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2011

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Rudolf Kempe conducts Dvorak & Strauss

Rudolf Kempe conducts Dvorak & Strauss


Dvorak:

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World'

Royal Albert Hall, London, 29 August 1975

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Strauss, R:

Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40

Royal Albert Hall, London, 27 August 1974

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


The audio recording of the Dvorˇák 9 from this Kempe DVD has been released on BBC Legends, and was a Penguin Guide Rosette Winner. In this performance of Strauss, we witness Kempe’s mastery in securing issues of ‘structure, atmosphere and emotional intensity’ (David Patmore), along with his ‘unfailing musicality’. According to the Times critic, Joan Chissell, Kempe’s performance of Heldenleben won him a ‘hero’s ovation, and rightly… Conducting without a score, Mr. Kempe gave detailed guidance to every player, yet at the same time retained the ability to stand back and view the work in perspective.’

The performance of Dvorˇák 9 a year later was described by Chissell as ‘glowing enough to make you fall in love with its familiar strains all over again’.

‘Kempe successfully avoided what seems increasingly to be a danger today: exaggeration for the sake of effect on the one hand, and stiffness as a result of seeking clinical perfection on the other. Only a chosen few, such as Kempe, can realise their intensions by re-creating and at the same time remaining true to the original’ (Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau)

Kempe’s style appealed greatly to British musicians in whom he inspired great confidence and joy.

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“Fascinating mid-'70s footage of Kempe at the Proms, caught in vintage colour. Famous for his Heldenleben, he is even more illuminating in Dvorak's New World Symphony.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2011 *****

“a bittersweet reminder of times when a spot could be held for 16 or even 32 bars without breaking off to see is something more diverting is happening elsewhere...the more intense love for this music comes flowing out of [Kempe's] arms, and the BBC SO wind principals respond in kind...The battle is as exciting as his studio recordings, but there's much more light than heat about direction and playing” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2011

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