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Notes and Editorial Reviews
No major-label artists in the recording heyday of the late 1980s and early '90s received shabbier treatment than Dohnányi and the Cleveland Orchestra. Sure, they had their share of duds (most of their Mahler), but the list of excellent releases that either weren't distributed internationally, were instantly deleted, and in general were just plain ignored, is a long and sad one. Does anyone remember these performances? Thank God for Arkivmusic.com's "on demand" program, because I can't imagine a Strauss fan who would not be delighted by these stupendous readings. This Heldenleben is just plain magnificent: swift, crisp, and full of fun. Has the battle ever been rendered with a better combination of excitement and textural
transparency? I doubt it. The "critics" are wonderfully malicious, the love scene impulsive and lush but never excessively sticky. It's wonderful. So is Till Eulenspiegel--a marvel of rhythmic precision that only makes the riotous climaxes go even more haywire than they usually do. The sonics are very good too: a touch boomy in the bass, but vibrant and clear. You'll love this!
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
Works on This Recording
Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40 by Richard Strauss
Christoph von Dohnányi
Written: 1897-1898; Germany
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