R Strauss - Also sprach Zarathustra, Ein Heldenleben | Lawo Classics LWC1166

R Strauss - Also sprach Zarathustra, Ein Heldenleben


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Label: Lawo Classics

Cat No: LWC1166

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 19th April 2019

Gramophone Editor's Choice



Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra


Vasily Petrenko


Strauss, Richard

Also sprach Zarathustra, op.30
Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life), op.40


Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra


Vasily Petrenko


The Oslo Philharmonic and Vasily Petrenko present the first of a new series of recordings of Richard Strauss’s orchestral music.

This first release features the great tone poems Also sprach Zarathustra and Ein Heldenleben, both works the Oslo Philharmonic has a long history of performing at home and abroad. Vasily Petrenko, chief conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic since 2013, exploits the special intensity of the orchestra’s string sound and its magnificent wind and brass sections to full effect in this thrillingly virtuosic music.

Vasily Petrenko is one of the most significant and galvanizing musicians alive, and has won numerous accolades for his recordings of Russian repertoire, including two Gramophone awards. With the Oslo Philharmonic, he has recorded works by Shostakovich, Szymanowski, Strauss and Prokofiev, as well as a major cycle of orchestral works by Alexander Scriabin.

The Oslo Philharmonic was born in 1919 and over the next half-century, the orchestra’s reputation grew steadily. In 1979, it changed forever with the arrival of a young Latvian arriving in Norway, Mariss Jansons, who transformed it to rival the great Philharmonics of Vienna, Berlin and New York.

Previous recordings on Lawo with these performers have been unanimously critically acclaimed.

“These performances from Vasily Petrenko and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra are top-drawer” - Music Web International on Scriabin


[Also sprach Zarathustra] begins excitingly and expansively, and you notice straight away, as Petrenko observes the slight ebb and swell of Strauss’s dynamics on the final big C major of the Sunrise, that the conductor is taking nothing for granted. ... Petrenko’s Heldenleben starts swiftly: the introduction chugs along faster than usual with, as with the RSNO, more clarity than sheer heft to the sound. But here’s an account that is every bit as impressive as the Also sprach, distinguished straight away by what must be one of the most pointed, characterful and witty personifications of ‘The Hero’s Companion’ on disc... It’s another performance (beautifully recorded too) to make you smile, and it crowns an outstanding release.  Hugo Shirley
Gramophone August 2019

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