Strauss: Ein Heldenleben; Magnard: Chant funèbre

Strauss: Ein Heldenleben; Magnard: Chant funèbre

by Jean-Claude Casadesus

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Strauss: Ein Heldenleben; Magnard: Chant funèbre 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
lollidamaAC More than 1 year ago
An earthbound, routine performance of Ein Heldenleben. While Maestro Casadesus emphasizes contrapuntal clarity, his conception more often than not misses the mark in terms of intensity and passion. The fervor implicit in this work, so effectively brought to life in versions by Reiner, Beecham, Mengleberg, Kempe, Zinman, Jarvi, etc., simply does not register sufficiently. The Orchestre National de Lille plays reasonably well, but one longs for the opulence and bite of ensembles like Reiner’s Chicago or Beecham’s RPO. With all of the superb recordings of this work currently available, this version is not competitive. The Chant funebre is a thoughtful coupling but its 13 minute duration seems somewhat excessive considering the modest quality of its ideas. The turgid pacing amplifies this impression. The overall sound obtained by the engineers is lifelike and dynamic. The periodic audience and ambient noise suggests a live concert origin although that is not clearly indicated in the notes.