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

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Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben & Macbeth

Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben & Macbeth


Strauss, R:

Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40

Macbeth, Op. 23


The celebrated young Colombian maestro Andrés Orozco-Estrada continues his critically acclaimed series of recordings for PENTATONE with this release of the evocative tone poems Macbeth and Ein Heldenleben by Richard Strauss, performed here with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony.

These gripping works, with their intricate scoring and compelling narratives, are orchestral tours de force, demonstrating Strauss’s gift for filling a huge orchestral canvas with vivid and exquisite details while maintaining a sense of drama. And they are stunningly brought to life in this recording with PENTATONE’s state of the art multi-channel surround sound.

Strauss’s brooding tone poem Macbeth is a psychological portrait of the main protagonists in the play, the insecure and vacillating Macbeth and his wife, the ambitious but deranged Lady Macbeth. Strauss’s often highly charged score suggests the mounting horror and dread of the ill-fated couple and their domestic unease, the work ending on a sombre note following their deaths and the triumphal march of Macduff.

In Strauss’s striking and florid masterpiece Ein Heldenleben, there’s little doubt who the real hero is but Strauss himself.While he was roundly mocked at the time for his audacity, there’s also little doubt that this bold and dramatic tone poem is no mere cornucopia of orchestral effects; it’s a life-affirming work which ends not in a triumphal blaze, but in a mood of quiet resignation.

This is Orozco-Estrada’s fourth recording for PENTATONE. His first recording, the Stravinsky ballets The Firebird and The Rite of Spring, was praised by Gramophone for his ability to “unearth an astonishing amount of detail at relatively spacious tempi” and for “PENTATONE’s awesomely precise recording”. His two discs of Dvořák symphonies received similar acclaim: “Vivid and colourful, overall well balanced” (Pizzicato) “an interpretation full of theatricality, with a sure sense of the monumental” (Gramophone).

“[The FRSO] offer a rich, well-upholstered sound…everything’s where it should be, and the playing has an easy virtuosity. Heldenleben sets off with terrific swagger, while the love music swells and swoons magnificently…fine, rousing and full-bodied” Gramophone Magazine, November 2016

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R. Strauss: Ein Heldenleben

R. Strauss: Ein Heldenleben


Fletcher, Alan:

Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra

world premiere

Michael Rusinek (clarinet)

Strauss, R:

Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40

Verdi:

La forza del destino Overture


Andres Cardenes (solo violin)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck

This is the very first recording from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and its new music director, Manfred Honeck.

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Exton - OVCL00338

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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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Strauss: Ein Heldenleben

Strauss: Ein Heldenleben


Fletcher, Alan:

Clarinet Concerto

World Premiere

Strauss, R:

Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40

Verdi:

La forza del destino Overture


This new Hybrid SACD recording features the first recording of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra with its new director of music, Manfred Honeck. The main work is Richard Strauss’ massive tone poem “Ein Heldenleben”, but the disc also includes Verdi’s overture to “La Forza del Destino”, as well as the world premier of recent commission by the orchestra, a clarinet concerto by the contemporary American composer Alan Fletcher.

Richard Strauss’ symphonic poem Ein Heldenleben was written in 1898, and dedicated to the 27-year old conductor Willem Mengelberg and the Concertgebouw Orchestra. Ein Heldenleben is an episodic work in which the composer recalls his “heroic” struggle through life. The American composer Alan Fletcher, who’s clarinet concerto was commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and is here receiving its world premier recording, is president and CEO of the Aspen Music Festival and School, and studied under Roger Sessions and Milton Babbit.

The Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck began his career as conductor of Vienna's Jeunesse Orchestra, which he co-founded, and as assistant to Claudio Abbado at the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in Vienna. After several highly successful guest appearances as conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, he was appointed its ninth Music Director in 2008.

“Honeck seems...to have these musicians willing and able to do anything for him: the result is a mix of American virtuosity and fearlessness bonded to a European beauty of sound and sensibility; the violins have a lovely sheen and the cellos an impressive depth of tone...The Verdi is a striking icebreaker and Fletcher's Concerto should win many friends.” International Record Review, July/August 2010

“These days, the orchestra produces a distinctive, transparent sonority. The strings are translucent; characterful woodwinds merge into a unified choir; brasses are full- and round-toned...an extremely beautiful rendering of Ein Heldenleben. Honeck's seamless interpretation minimizes tempo contrasts, holding the piece together unusually well” MusicWeb International, 30th January 2014

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Strauss, R: Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40

Strauss, R: Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40


“This great programmatic symphony has never sounded as serene or tragic as it does in this live performance…The playing is immaculate, the interpretation all-of-a-piece. In the core Karajan repertory, Jansons is simply unbeatable.” Financial Times

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