2014 marks the 150th birthday of Richard Strauss. To celebrate, Oehms Classics launches a series focussing on his tone poems.Ein Heldenleben
was premiered in 1899 by the very same orchestra which appears on this disc.
First impressions of this new Heldenleben are highly favourable. The opening bars of The Hero show commendable grip and breadth, qualities that I long for - yet rarely find - in this work. Even more pleasing is the deep, sonorous sound and top-notch playing; little wonder that this band is regarded as an A-list ensemble in Germany. As for conductor Sebastian Weigle he clearly has the measure of this score, which means there s no shortage of heft or delectable Straussian detail. It s well shaped and projected too; more important, the overall blend - so vital in this music - is impeccable throughout. --Dan Morgan, Music Web