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Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben; Albéric Magnard: Chant funèbre / Orch. Nat'l de Lille, Casadesus

Album Summary

>Strauss, Richard : Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40
>Magnard, Albéric : Chant funèbre for orchestra, Op 9
Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The tone poems of Richard Strauss's early career represent a remarkable extension of the ideas of Liszt and Wagner, and the autobiographical Ein Heldenleben exceeds its predecessors in terms of its demands on the orchestra. Is intricately interwoven sections create a single symphonic movement depicting heroism, love, and ultimately peace. Alberic Magnard became a French national hero when he died defending his home at the outbreak of World War I. The Chant funebre was written in memory of his father. This recording celebrates both the 40th anniversary of the Orchestre National de Lille and the 50th year of its founder Jean-Claude Casadesus's career.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2016
The Heldenleben reveals Casadesus as a sensible, highly musical Straussian and shows an orchestra with some fine players. The brass sound, particularly the trombones, is pleasingly robust and forceful, and the principal horn is also outstanding, bringing a gorgeous, mellifluous tone to the final resigned duet.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Nouveau Siècle, Lille, France (01/10/2011); Nouveau Siècle. Lille, France (01/10/2011); Nouveau Siècle, Lille, France (11/05/2014); Nouveau Siècle. Lille, France (11/05/2014).



Reviews

Earthbound and Routine
An earthbound, routine performance of Ein Heldenleben. While Maestro Casadesus emphasizes contrapuntal clarity, his conception more often than not misses the mark in terms of intensity and passion. The fervor implicit in this work, so effectively brought to life in versions by Reiner, Beecham, Mengleberg, Kempe, Zinman, Jarvi, etc., simply does not register sufficiently. The Orchestre National de Lille plays reasonably well, but one longs for the opulence and bite of ensembles like Reinerís Chicago or Beechamís RPO. With all of the superb recordings of this work currently available, this version is not competitive. The Chant funebre is a thoughtful coupling but its 13 minute duration seems somewhat excessive considering the modest quality of its ideas. The turgid pacing amplifies this impression. The overall sound obtained by the engineers is lifelike and dynamic. The periodic audience and ambient noise suggests a live concert origin although that is not clearly indicated in the notes.
Submitted on 01/08/16 by Allen Cohen 
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Works Details

>Strauss, Richard : Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40
  • Conductor: Jean-Claude Casadesus
  • Ensemble: Orchestre National de Lille
  • Running Time: 46 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1897-1898

>Magnard, Albéric : Chant funèbre for orchestra, Op 9
  • Conductor: Jean-Claude Casadesus
  • Running Time: 13 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1895