First impressions of this new Heldenleben are highly favourable. The opening bars of ‘The Hero’ show commendable grip and breadth, qualities that I long for—yet rarely find—in this work. Even more pleasing is the deep, sonorous sound and top-notch playing; little wonder that this band is regarded as an ‘A-list’ ensemble in Germany. As for conductor Sebastian Weigle he clearly has the measure of this score, which means there’s no shortage of heft or delectable Straussian detail. It’s well shaped and projected too; more important, the overall blend—so vital in this music—is impeccable throughout.
Scheduled Service Outage Notice:
We will be doing our server maintenance on Saturday, October 26, 2019 (From 14:00 GMT to 15:00 GMT); 10:00 EDT to 11:00 EDT). Server interruption is expected and when it occurs, you may occasionally see messages like "connection reset", "cannot find server" or "page cannot be displayed" on the website. Service on Naxos may be affected at these times.