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Strauss: Ein Heldenleben/ Macbeth [Sebastian Weigle, Frankfurt Museum Orchestra] [Oehms Classics: OC888] Import


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  • Conductor: Sebastian Weigle
  • Composer: Richard Strauss
  • Audio CD (30 Sept. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Oehms Classics
  • ASIN: B00DQF1Y1A
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 661,296 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life), Op. 40, TrV 190: Der Held (The Hero) -Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra 4:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life), Op. 40, TrV 190: Des Helden Widersacher (The Hero's Enemies) -Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra 3:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life), Op. 40, TrV 190: Des Helden Gefahrtin (The Hero's Companion) -Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra11:51Album Only
Listen  4. Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life), Op. 40, TrV 190: Des Helden Walstatt (The Hero's Field of Battle) -Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra 7:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life), Op. 40, TrV 190: Des Helden Friedenswerke (The Hero's Works of Peace) -Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra 5:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life), Op. 40, TrV 190: Des Helden Weltflucht und Vollendung (The Hero's Withdrawal from the World)Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra10:37Album Only
Listen  7. Macbeth, Op. 23, TrV 163Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra20:24Album Only

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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.

Review

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

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. S. CROWE TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Oct. 2013
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OEHMS has done the record collector immeasurable service with its releases from Munich, Hamburg and Frankfurt, and following a collection of works from the opera house, has now embarked on a new series of orchestral performances of the works of Richard Strauss with the cumbersomely titled Frankfurt Opern-und Museumsorchester (this is one orchestra which has 2 guises-the "Museum" is not a building full of relics, but the title of an Arts Society which promotes performances inspired by the "Muses"-hence Museum-much in the way of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna. It would be like saying the "Vienna State Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra").
The conductor is again the ever improving Sebastian Weigle, and in what the attractive "Jugendstil" packaging describes as Volume One, the series commences with the attractive coupling of Ein Heldenleben and Macbeth-arguably the finest distillation of Strauss's orchestral genius coupled with one of his earliest efforts.

Weigle sets off at a spanking pace in the opening Heldenleben, though not quite as hard driven as Solti's 1979 VPO recording, and maintains forward momentum throughout the work. It has to be said that this approach loses some the sheer romantic glory in the "Pauline" section and in the Works of Peace" section, but the critics are a spiky, sharp-tongued chattering bunch, and the battle is definitely a cavalry charge, not serried ranks of infantry taking pot-shots at each other.
It is very well played and the live performances from 2011 are well recorded with just a touch of dryness about the sound-but there is a noticeable lack of weight of orchestral sound compared to the big guns of the BPO and the VPO for example.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Well enough played, recorded and conducted-but is well enough-well, enough?? (Sorry!) 29 Oct. 2013
By D. S. CROWE - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
OEHMS has done the record collector immeasurable service with its releases from Munich, Hamburg and Frankfurt, and following a collection of works from the opera house, has now embarked on a new series of orchestral performances of the works of Richard Strauss with the cumbersomely titled Frankfurt Opern-und Museumsorchester (this is one orchestra which has 2 guises-the "Museum" is not a building full of relics, but the title of an Arts Society which promotes performances inspired by the "Muses"-hence Museum-much in the way of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna. It would be like saying the "Vienna State Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra").
The conductor is again the ever improving Sebastian Weigle, and in what the attractive "Jugendstil" packaging describes as Volume One, the series commences with the attractive coupling of Ein Heldenleben and Macbeth-arguably the finest distillation of Strauss's orchestral genius coupled with one of his earliest efforts.

Weigle sets off at a spanking pace in the opening Heldenleben, though not quite as hard driven as Solti's 1979 VPO recording, and maintains forward momentum throughout the work. It has to be said that this approach loses some the sheer romantic glory in the "Pauline" section and in the Works of Peace" section, but the critics are a spiky, sharp-tongued chattering bunch, and the battle is definitely a cavalry charge, not serried ranks of infantry taking pot-shots at each other.
It is very well played and the live performances from 2011 are well recorded with just a touch of dryness about the sound-but there is a noticeable lack of weight of orchestral sound compared to the big guns of the BPO and the VPO for example.
Macbeth is barely recognisable as the Strauss of only a few years later, and suggests more of a Liszt Tone Poem. Weigle gives again a brisk efficient performance which is highly enjoyable within the limitations of the work itself.

The problem with this disc is that it's very good-but not truly great in ANY department-conducting, playing and recording-and it has to face FORMIDABLE competition especially in Ein Heldenleben.
Truly great recordings abound-6 from Karajan in stereo and 2 in Mono, Kempe, Reiner, Haitink (the Philips not the disappointing CSO) and for stunning sound, Eji Oue and the Minnesota Orchestra to name but a few. My personal favourite is the Karajan live RFH performance from 1985, but there are many others that I cherish and would not relinquish. This is sadly not one of them.

The Macbeth can be heard to more convincing effect in a stunning performance by the BRSO with Maazel, coupled with an underrated Alpensinfonie and in Dolby Surround sound for hi-fi enthusiasts.

There is pleasure to be had from this disc which is very reasonably priced, and if the combination appeals then it is a good candidate. It will deliver efficient, well played performances which have passages of great beauty and occasional power, and the fact that it has left me distinctly underwhelmed may not be everyone's experience, so it receives moderate enthusiasm and a cautious recommendation of 3 stars. Those seeking a brilliant Ein Heldenleben at a comparable cost would do better to choose Karajan on The Originals, or his EMI recording which I like even more or Reiner coupled with Zarathustra on the Living Presence SACD re-mastering to suggest but a couple.
Hopefully the series will improve. Stewart Crowe
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