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Strauss: Ein Heldenleben; Schubert: Symphony no 8 in B minor 'Unfinished' / Kurt Sanderling

> Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life), Op. 40, TrV 190 - Der Held (The Hero) -
> Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life), Op. 40, TrV 190 - Des Helden Widersacher (The Hero's Enemies) -
> Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life), Op. 40, TrV 190 - Des Helden Gefahrtin (The Hero's Companion) -
> Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life), Op. 40, TrV 190 - Des Helden Walstatt (The Hero's Field of Battle) -
> Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life), Op. 40, TrV 190 - Des Helden Friedenswerke (The Hero's Works of Peace) -
> Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life), Op. 40, TrV 190 - Des Helden Weltflucht und Vollendung (The Hero's Withdrawal from the World)
> Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759, "Unfinished" - I. Allegro moderato
> Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759, "Unfinished" - II. Andante con moto

Album Summary

>Strauss, Richard : Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40
>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished"
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This Manchester live recording of Strauss' 'Ein Heldenleben' with the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra preserves his wonderful 1975 performance in Manchester's Free Trade Hall in excellent stereo. In April 1978, Sanderling returned to Manchester and conducted the same orchestra once again, this time under studio conditions in Schubert's Unfinished Symphony, Sanderling's only recorded account of this work, again in excellent stereo.

MusicWeb International
This 1970s recording is a fine memorial to Kurt Sanderling who died earlier this year. Eschewing the bombastic, his Heldenleben demands the listener's close attention by its scrupulous adherence to the score's finer - and subtler - details. Coupled with an equally distinguished Unfinished, it shows the BBC players in the best possible light.

MusicWeb International
The Strauss is coupled on this disc with Sanderling's only extant recording of Schubert's Unfinished. This is once again an account to be treasured. The key features in Sanderling's approach are, as indicated in the booklet notes, concentration and intensity, qualities he clearly imparted to the orchestra. Once again, the BBCNSO is beautifully balanced and the wide dynamic range that the conductor successfully creates gives new colours and new life to the music. The emphasis is again on balancing Schubert's lyricism with carefully controlled tension and drama and that aim is fully achieved. Just as with Ein Heldenleben, this account had me listening to the score with an unexpected level of attention and fresh ears.



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Works Details

>Strauss, Richard : Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40
  • Performer: Barry Griffiths (Violin)
  • Conductor: Kurt Sanderling
  • Ensemble: BBC Northern Symphony
  • Running Time: 42 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1897-1898

>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished"
  • Performer: Barry Griffiths (Violin)
  • Conductor: Kurt Sanderling
  • Ensemble: BBC Northern Symphony
  • Running Time: 27 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1822