Strauss - Don Juan, Ein Heldenleben | Munchner Philharmoniker MPHIL0003

Strauss - Don Juan, Ein Heldenleben

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Label: Munchner Philharmoniker

Cat No: MPHIL0003

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 31st March 2017

Contents

Artists

Munchner Philharmoniker

Conductor

Valery Gergiev

Works

Strauss, Richard

Don Juan, op.20
Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life), op.40

Artists

Munchner Philharmoniker

Conductor

Valery Gergiev

About

Richard Strauss and Munich share a very special connection. Not only was the composer born in Munich, several of his pieces had their world premiere here. His works have been a substantial part of the Munich Philharmonic’s core repertoire ever since and the  orchestra has excelled on many occasions. This has become a lasting tradition for the orchestra that principal conductors such as  Rudolf Kempe, Lorin Maazel, Christian Thielemann and now Valery Gergiev have continued and are continuing to grow.

Valery Gergiev has paid the German repertoire particular attention throughout his career, which ignited a lasting fascination for Richard Strauss. He has made it his specialty. Maestro Gergiev has excelled with this repertoire over recent years and continues to do so in concert halls and opera houses all over the world.

The two pieces on this recording Ein Heldenleben and Don Juan embody the perfect blend of what was of importance in the musical tradition of the 19th century: symphonic composition and programme music. Richard Strauss was an expert and a pioneer in the exploration of bringing the two together in his compositions. The two tone poems on this recording pose a challenge the Munich Philharmonic has brilliantly mastered with Maestro Gergiev.

“a captivating Strauss” - Süddeutsche Zeitung, 16 September 2016, concert review

“‘Don Juan’ and Maestro’s beloved ‘Heldenleben’ unfolded in all its magnificence.” - Münchner Merkur, 16 September 2016, concert review

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