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John Quinn
MusicWeb International, May 2015

This new CD is impressive…starting with a 2014 traversal of Don Juan. Jansons gets good lift-off at the start though this is by no means a superficially flamboyant reading.

The sound on both recordings is excellent: there’s plenty of presence and ample detail also. There’s an abundance of choice for both works in the current catalogue but these performances are up with the best. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Huntley Dent
Fanfare, May 2015

This new Heldenleben keeps the streak going, and there are moments when its excitement lifts you out of your seat. BR-Klassik, the house label of the Bavarian Radio Symphony, boasts some of the best sonics in concert. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Steven Kruger
Fanfare, May 2015

We are listening to one of the world’s great ensembles from midway back, and the Bavarian Radio Orchestra’s satin, dark gold and remarkable depth come through. The “walking” basses throughout Ein Heldenleben are especially soft and captivating.

The ability of this orchestra to listen to itself, to interweave string lines beautifully, to capture the essence of Straussian sonority is a marvel. And Jansons does some subtle things with the very last chord, giving it a deliberate double thump, with an unexpected swell in the middle. …this is mature music making of remarkably high quality! © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review




Donald R Vroon
American Record Guide, May 2015

…I think this may be the best recording of Heldenleben since the great three of 40 or more years ago. The orchestra is terrific and need not feel inferior to the Berlin Philharmonic or Dresden or Beecham’s Royal Philharmonic… The sound is simply wonderful.

I have not felt this positive about any recording since the big three. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Rob Cowan
Gramophone, April 2015

Jansons is not an especially combustible Straussian but he certainly has an ear for the colours. His performances are more along the lines of the composer’s own, patient and relatively straitlaced…

This…version is good, at times very good… © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, February 2015

The tone poem Don Juan has certainly maintained an enduring popularity and I would guess it is Strauss’s most frequently played orchestral work. Immediately from the heroic introduction maestro Jansons creates an exhilarating, fresh, outdoor feel. Clearly relishing Strauss’s lush and ripe sensuality Jansons and his Bavarians produce a vivid palette of orchestral colour. The shimmering sounding horns reminded me of alpenhorns sounding through an alpine valley. In the stormy passages the surging restless energy feels almost overpowering, awe-inspiring in its delivery yet with maestro Jansons maintaining complete control.

[In Ein Heldenleben]…the massive orchestra is magnificently shaped by Jansons who brings everything together with unwavering assurance. He astutely draws the vibrantly coloured scenes that Strauss has packed with incident revealing a remarkable quality of rarely perceptible detail. Principal concertmaster Anton Barachovsky is on splendid form and his interplay with the principal horn are both gratifying and virtuosic. With playing of distinction the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks is resolute and relentlessly exhilarating, compelling from first to last.

Chief conductor Mariss Jansons and this world-class orchestra are great Straussians and these live accounts can stand confidently alongside the finest recordings in the catalogue. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Blair Sanderson
AllMusic.com, February 2015

…these BR-Klassik recordings boast exceptional playing and fine concert sound, with all the excitement that a live event can evoke. © 2015 Allmusic.com Read complete review





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