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Richard Strauss, Vol. 1: Ein Heldenleben; Macbeth / Sebastian Weigle

Album Summary

>Strauss, Richard : Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40
>Strauss, Richard : Macbeth (symphonic poem), Op. 23
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The 150th birthday of Richard Strauss will be celebrated next year. On this occasion Oehms Classics is initiating a series with the tone poems of Richard Strauss with the Frankfurt Museum Orchestra and General Music Director, Sebastian Weigle. The first of these is Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life) which was premiered in 1899 by this very same orchestra under the direction of the composer. The CD is supplemented by the less frequently performed Macbeth.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
Ein Heldenleben is one of the most gorgeous pieces of music ever written. It is endless sensual delights. It has powerful sound of great immediacy. The conducting is often thrilling, as is the brass. Every detail is audible; you are on stage with the musicians. It is much easier to accept this powerful Macbeth; it is probably one of the best readings of the music.

MusicWeb International, 10th February 2014
First impressions of this new Heldenleben are highly favourable. The opening bars of 'The Hero' show commendable grip and breadth...Ingo de Haas is a generous, full-toned soloist in 'The Hero's Companion', but he's never cloying...Strauss performances don't come more seamless and authoritative than this.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Alte Oper Frankfurt.



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>Strauss, Richard : Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40
  • Conductor: Sebastian Weigle
  • Ensemble: Frankfurter Opern und Museumsorchester
  • Notes: Alte Oper Frankfurt (06/19/2011/06/20/2011)
  • Running Time: 42 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1897-1898
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Strauss, Richard : Macbeth (symphonic poem), Op. 23
  • Conductor: Sebastian Weigle
  • Notes: Alte Oper Frankfurt (05/26/2013/05/27/2013)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1886-1891
  • Studio/Live: Live