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Richard Strauss: Don Juan; Death and Transfiguration; Till Eulenspiegel / Pittsburgh SO, Honeck

Audio Samples

>Strauss, Richard : Don Juan, Op. 20
>Strauss, Richard : Tod und Verklarung, Op. 24
>Strauss, Richard : Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

Album Summary

>Strauss, Richard : Don Juan, Op. 20
>Strauss, Richard : Tod und Verklarung, Op. 24
>Strauss, Richard : Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Thrilling live performances from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, in brilliant audiophile sound! This release is planned as the first in a series of multi-channel hybrid SACD recordings from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, on the FRESH! series from Reference Recordings. For more than 116 years, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been known for its artistic excellence, with a rich history that includes some of the world's finest conductors and musicians. This tradition was furthered in Fall 2008, when celebrated Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Explodes off the disc ... inspired playing.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
Honeck makes some interesting innovations. The final tremolos of Don Juan are played sul ponticello, for a more spectral sound. In Till Eulenspiegel, the final D clarinet note, representing Till's pleas before his judgment. Honeck maintains that, as written, it's buried by the orchestra. Both adjustments work. A touch of purism. The contrast in Death and Transfiguration between the drama of the death music and Honeck's spacious pacing of the transfiguration makes maximum effect.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts, Pittsburgh, PA (06/08/2012-06/10/2012).



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Works Details

>Strauss, Richard : Don Juan, Op. 20
  • Conductor: Manfred Honeck
  • Ensemble: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts, Pittsburgh, PA (06/08/2012-06/10/2012)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1888-1889
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Strauss, Richard : Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24
  • Conductor: Manfred Honeck
  • Notes: Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts, Pittsburgh, PA (06/08/2012-06/10/2012)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1888-1889
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Strauss, Richard : Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28
  • Conductor: Manfred Honeck
  • Notes: Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts, Pittsburgh, PA (06/08/2012-06/10/2012)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1894-1895
  • Studio/Live: Live