Strauss Tone Poems
 
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Strauss Tone Poems

12 Nov 2013 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 12 Nov 2013
  • Label: Reference Recordings
  • Copyright: (c) 2013 Reference Recordings
  • Total Length: 59:22
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  • ASIN: B00GPMUYV2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,730 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Darcy on 31 Dec 2013
Format: Audio CD
These recordings mark the beginning of a partnership between the PSO/Honeck and Reference Recordings. They were made in Heinz Hall in June 2012. The recording details say nothing about whether the performances were live, but, as the words "Pittsburgh Live!" are emblazoned on the back of the booklet beneath a photo of the orchestra and Music Director, I assume they were.

The recordings give ample testimony to the quality of the PSO. As demonstrations of virtuosity, panache and precision, they could hardly be bettered. Honeck and his players, aided by the engineers, bring out a wealth of instrumental detail, and the conductor's notes to the recording reinforce his concern for revealing nuances. In relation to the conclusion of Don Juan, for example, he advises: "It is here that one can hear the last convulsions of the hero's dying body. This must sound nervous, dreadful and dramatic. For this reason, I took the liberty to alter the usual sound. I ask the strings to gradually transform the tone into an uncomfortable, convulsing, and shuddering ponticello until the final pizzicato marks the hero's last heartbeat." And in relation to the trial scene of Till Eulenspiegel, where the D-clarinet has a note that, according to Strauss, must sound entstellt ("distorted"), Honeck tells us: "The problem with this note is that it is impossible to hear because the whole orchestra enters with a fortissimo. That is why I have this "distorted" note played one octave higher than written. This way, it does not only sound higher, but tremendously entstellt." In Honeck's view, Strauss must have erred in writing this note into the score, as he would surely have intended that it be heard.
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By Jet Wind on 26 Mar 2014
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Reference Recordings have done it again! Orchestra and Conductor are as one. They have produced a knockout disc that can challenge the best in the catalogue. Even if you have other versions of this disc, you will not have waisted your money by adding this disc to your collection.
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Speedy dispatch, excellent CD.
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