Richard Strauss - Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche; Ein Heldenleben (2009)
Philarmonia Orchestra, cond. Christoph von Dohnányi
EAC Rip | FLAC+CUE+LOG | 270 Mb | no scans
MP3 CBR 320kbps | 136 MB
Classical/Symphony | Label: Signum Classics | 59:03
The two works were both recorded live at London's Royal Festival Hall, but over six years apart – Till Eulenspiegel in June 2001, before the hall's renovation, and Ein Heldenleben in late 2007 – and Signum's sound is refreshingly natural; it's a bit uncharitable to say it captures the performances 'warts and all', yet there's an honesty about engineering that employs a natural dynamic range and avoids upholstering the sound. Till Eulenspiegel is a work that delights gleefully in its brilliant surface, making few pretentions to metaphysical profundity. Ein Heldenleben, at three times the length, might similarly avoid excessive philosophising, yet requires a sure hand to prevent it degenerating into overblown pomp.