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Haitink the Hero!

He states in public that he's the CSO's "caretaker" conductor. After hearing this recording of Strauss one would hope he'd be intalled their music director for life! The CSO obey his every command in Strauss's ode to himself. Suptuious and disiplined, one is swept away with this reading. The sound thoughout is nothing short of stellar. The Webern piece, while not his finest, fits in well to round off the disc. Recommened indeed! -Bz

CSO - always a pleasure

Exciting performance by Haitink and the CSO. CSO's brass are second to none! Pretty good production as well.

Ein Heldenleben

Although I was unfamiliar with this work at the start, while listening to this recording it grew on me quickly and I enjoyed the entire recording. From the bold beginning notes the theme of the whole work is set, and the heroic journey depicted shines through. Although the subject matter is slightly suspect, with Strauss himself as the hero depicted, boldly battling his critics who appear as the hero’s adversaries, and then joined by his wife (The Hero’s Companion, portrayed wonderfully by the solo violin of Robert Chen) none of this supposed egocentrism detracts in any way from the quality of the work (and in my opinion adds an element of quirky charm.)

The support piece, Anton Webern’s Im Sommerwind, is one of his earlier works. Never published during his lifetime it stands apart from his later work as a piece very much in the romantic realm explored by Strauss in Ein Heldenleben.


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  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Jun 29, 2010

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