CD Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Webern: Im Sommerwind, Haitink/CSO

Article code 026038
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Discs 1
Record Label CSO Resound
Release Date 2010
Recording Year 2008, 2009

“Haitink worked his customary miracles on behalf of Richard Strauss and the CSO gave him what it always gives him: superb and deeply felt playing.” —Chicago Tribune

This album from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, considered one of the world’s greatest Strauss ensembles, features Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life) whose US premiere it gave in 1900. The CSO pours out a lush interpretation of Richard Strauss’s large and complex tone poem in this live recording; Bernard Haitink leads with restraint and allows the strings and woodwinds to sing. In the famous Battle Scene, the brass and percussion roar, while concertmaster Robert Chen plays his violin solos depicting Strauss’s wife with tender beauty. Webern’s early tone poem Im Sommerwind is indebted to Strauss’s rhapsodic romanticism, overflowing with spacious melodies.


Richard Strauss, Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life), Op. 40

Robert Chen (violin)

Anton Webern, Im Sommerwind

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink (conductor)

CSO Resound is underwritten by a generous gift from Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Smykal.