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Strauss: Ein Heldenleben; Wagner / Karajan, Berlin PO


Release Date: 03/11/1997 
Label:  Dg The Originals Catalog #: 449725   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Richard StraussRichard Wagner
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a most distinguished performance of Ein Heldenleben. It was warmly praised by DC when it was first issued in December 1959 and it remains, both as a performance and as a recording, a version to reckon with... [violinist] Michel Schwalbé...in the 1959 recording, is quite outstandingly good... Karajan's 1959 Ein Heldenleben is a glowingly self-contained performance, gloriously played, finely characterized. The love music, the battle, the works of peace (so difficult to balance, even Kempe goes awry here in his HMV set, 6/74) and the E flat major coda are all done with much style and the very finest kind of musicianship. Just what a Berlin Heldenleben ought to be.

– Gramophone [8/1976], reviewing Ein Heldenleben
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Works on This Recording

1. Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897-1898; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1959 
2. Siegfried Idyll by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1977 

Sound Samples

Ein Heldenleben, Op.40: Der Held
Ein Heldenleben, Op.40: Des Helden Widersacher
Ein Heldenleben, Op.40: Des Helden Gefährtin
Ein Heldenleben, Op.40: Des Helden Walstatt
Ein Heldenleben, Op.40: Des Helden Friedenswerke
Ein Heldenleben, Op.40: Des Helden Weltflucht und Vollendung
Siegfried Idyll

Customer Reviews

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 Great Piece, Great Recording December 18, 2012 By Weston Williams (Birmingham, AL) See All My Reviews "Karajan was a magnificent interpreter of both Strauss and Wagner, and this recording shows it. Both are conducted impeccably and performed well. Thoroughly recommended." Report Abuse
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