Herbert von Karajan - Strauss, R.: Ein Heldenleben / Wagner: Siegfried-Idyll
Classical | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | 65:23 min | 1.25 GB | Digital booklet
Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Tracks: 07 | Rls.date: 1996/2016
You have to hand it to Strauss: using his success as the basis for a 40-minute tone poem suggests no limit to confidence. It was, of course, the end of the century (1898) and a self-celebratory mood was in the air. Yet there's no lack of conviction in the music either. From a powerful opening depicting "the hero" (the composer), we move through a vicious scherzo–the critics!–to an extended love scene with the hero's companion.