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Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel, Ein Heldenleben / Barenboim


Release Date: 05/03/1991 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 45621   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Performer:  Samuel Magad
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

In any future survey of Ein Heldenleben on record, this disc will be a major claimant for supremacy.

Barenboim takes over shortly as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's principal conductor and if this disc was intended as a foretaste of what we can expect from their partnership, then it succeeds admirably. Most of Strauss's symphonic-poems were introduced to the United States in Chicago and one of the greatest of all Heldenleben record 58 ings was made by this orchestra for RCA conducted by Fritz Reiner. The names of all the orchestral players taking part in this new recording are printed in the booklet: a nice idea.

Erato have given Barenboim a big full sound, eminently suited to the music. For sheer
Read more splendour and opulence it surpasses both the CBS sound for Tilson Thomas and, of course, EMI's 1972 Kempe version, though no Straussian should ever be without this latter poetic interpretation. Barenboim's Heldenleben is swaggering, largerthan-life and intensely passionate. Tempos never drag, although he indulges the romance of the music to the full in the love scene.

The Battle is taken very fast and becomes a true symphonic scherzo. Here one can only marvel at the power and accuracy of the Chicago trumpets and the sonority of the trombones when they storm in towards the end of this section. As for the strings, their luscious tone and flexibility are remarkable by any standard. Samuel Magad's playing of the 'Pauline' violin solo captures all the capricious moods indicated by the copious directions in the score. The entry of the horns with the Don Juan theme in the Works of Peace is as thrilling here as in Reiner's recording and Barenboim is scrupulous in highlighting all the other quotations.

In any future survey of Ein Heldenleben on record, this disc will be a major claimant for supremacy. The performance of Till is also brilliant, combining tenderness (as in the introduction) with exuberance.

-- Gramophone [8/1991]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Samuel Magad (Violin)
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1895; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1990 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 15 Minutes 20 Secs. 
2.
Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897-1898; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1990 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 47 Minutes 4 Secs. 

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