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Haitink conducts Strauss: Don Juan; Ein Heldenleben / London PO; Haitink

Album Summary

>Strauss, Richard : Don Juan, Op. 20
>Strauss, Richard : Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Strauss was only 25 years old when his tone-poem Don Juan was premiered in 1889, and it was this vivid depiction of a young man's relentless pursuit that launched the composer's reputation as master of the genre. Composed ten years later, Ein Heldenleben recounts another life of conquest and passion, this time based on that of the composer himself. Both works exhibit the glorious orchestral colors and exhilarating energy that were to become the composer's most admired hallmarks. As the London Philharmonic Orchestra's Principal Conductor from 1967 - 79, Bernard Haitink presided over some of the Orchestra's most memorable and acclaimed performances. Haitink has had a long association on record and in concert with the music of Richard Strauss. This disc is dedicated to the memory of Nicholas Busch, LPO Principal Horn from 1973 - 2006, who features prominently in these works, vividly evoking the hero of Ein Heldenleben.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
Beecham's Heldenleben, one of its greatest recordings (along with Karajan and Kempe - all on EMI). Don Juan is better. These recordings are from 1986 (Heldenleben) and 1992. The sound is barely acceptable. Don Juan is from Royal Festival Hall and the other is from Royal Albert Hall. Neither is a good place to record.



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Works Details

>Strauss, Richard : Don Juan, Op. 20
  • Conductor: Bernard Haitink
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 17 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1888-1889
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Strauss, Richard : Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40
  • Conductor: Bernard Haitink
  • Running Time: 46 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1897-1898
  • Studio/Live: Live