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Work: Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life), Op.40

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ComposerStrauss, Richard (1864-1949)
PeriodRomantic
Work typeOrchestral
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TokyoWeber, Strauss

Weber, Strauss R.
NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo; Fabio Luisi; Kristine Opolais

TokyoWeber, Strauss

Weber, Strauss R.
NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo; Fabio Luisi; Kristine Opolais

Los AngelesAll- Strauss

Strauss R.
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra; Philippe Jordan; Gautier Capuçon

Santa Cruz de TenerifeDon Quijote y el héroe

Don Quijote y el héroe
Strauss R.
Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife; Antonio Méndez; Raúl Mirás; Sviatoslav Belonogov

NagoyaMozart, Strauss

Mozart, Strauss
Mozart, Strauss R.
Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra; Kazuhiro Koizumi
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“An Heroic Journey” with Kozhukhin, Petrenko and the RPO

Vasily Petrenko © Svetlana Tarlova
Some of Kozhukhin's trills were as rattling thunder – but there was much delicacy and poetry on offer in the many lyrical episodes.
****1
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Curious pairing, inspired playing in Bychkov's NY Phil engagement

Semyon Bychkov © Umberto Nicoletti
Coupling a rare but underwhelming concerto by Max Bruch with Strauss's polychrome orchestral showpiece, the program with Semyon Bychkov and the sisters Labèque accentuated superlative musicianship.
****1
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Welser-Möst leads Cleveland Orchestra in a mighty Heldenleben

Franz Welser-Möst conducts The Cleveland Orchestra © Roger Mastroianni, Courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra
In the last program at home before an international tour, Franz Welser-Möst led The Cleveland Orchestra in an imposing performance of Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben, prefaced by works of Schubert and Webern.
****1
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Straussian perfection from Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian RSO

Diana Damrau, Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian RSO © Peter Meisel
Mariss Jansons and the BRSO offer defining performances of two of Richard Strauss' greatest works.
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Prom 24: Strong Proms debut from Otto Tausk

Otto Tausk © Marco Borggreve
Evocative Smyth and impressively detailed Strauss from Tausk, and warm Dvořák with soulful playing from Daniel Müller-Schott.
****1
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