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Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Etc / Oue, Minnesota Orchestra


Release Date: 05/19/1998 
Label:  Reference Recordings   Catalog #: 83   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Performer:  Jorja Fleezanis
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Eiji Oue embarks upon Richard Strauss' heroic journey from a lofty, lyrical vantage point, similar to Karajan's three recorded Heldenlebens, but with clearer orchestral balances and more vivid sonics. As the hero's companion and adversaries appear on the scene, Oue assertively tightens the rhythmic reins, yet allows the increasingly complex scoring to emerge with chamber-like cogency. Admirable too are soloist Jorja Fleezanis' tart and silvery timbre, and brass playing that just won't quit. Erich Leinsdorf's excellent arrangement of interludes from the sumptuous Die Frau Ohne Schatten provides a gorgeous filler. Listening to it directly after Heldenleben, though, is akin to devouring a banana split
Read more when you've barely digested your steak dinner. Joyfully recommended!

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com

"The sound quality of Reference Recordings places them in a league by themselves; the dynamic range, impact and clarity of this disc is nothing short of sensational. Oue's performance of Ein Heldenleben is among the best in the catalogue, the battle scene suitably thrilling. But it is the magnificent account of the orchestral suite from the opera Die Frau ohne Schatten that makes the disc very special, the music's gaudy colours explored to the full." -- David Denton, The Yorkshire Post

"The orchestra covers itself with glory, and the spectacular recording doesn't miss a thing in the way of either brilliance or sumptuousness. One of the most impressive orchestral releases of the last few years."-- Richard Freed, WETA Radio
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Works on This Recording

1. Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Jorja Fleezanis (Violin)
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897-1898; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1997 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota 
2. Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op. 65: Suite by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1997 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota 
Notes: Arranged: Erich Leinsdorf 

Sound Samples

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)
Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op. 65, TrV 234 (arr. E. Leinsdorf): Scene 1
Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op. 65, TrV 234 (arr. E. Leinsdorf): Der zwischenvorhang
Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op. 65, TrV 234 (arr. E. Leinsdorf): Sehr feurig
Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op. 65, TrV 234 (arr. E. Leinsdorf): Etwas breiter
Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op. 65, TrV 234 (arr. E. Leinsdorf): Sehr schnell
Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op. 65, TrV 234 (arr. E. Leinsdorf): Sehr schnell
Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op. 65, TrV 234 (arr. E. Leinsdorf): Ziemlich langsam

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