Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 40 (TrV 190)
- Der Held (The Hero) - (04:28)
- Des Helden Widersacher (The Hero's Enemies) - (03:05)
- Des Helden Gefährtin (The Hero's Companion) - (07:39)
- Thema der Siegesgewißheit (Theme of Confidence in Victory) - (06:35)
- Des Helden Walstatt (The Hero's Field of Battle) - (01:39)
- Kriegsfanfaren (Martial Fanfares) - (06:56)
- Des Helden Friedenswerke (The Hero's Works of Peace) - (05:04)
- Des Helden Weltflucht und Vollendung (The Hero's Withdrawl from the World and Fulfilment) - (04:38)
- Entsagung (Resignation) (07:29)
- Chant funèbre for orchestra, Op 9 (13:28)
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Strauss: Ein Heldenleben; Magnard: Chant funèbre based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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.