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Dan Morgan
MusicWeb International, February 2014

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.

Heroic performances, superbly recorded; a fine start to the Straussfest. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

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