Strauss Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life) 180g LP
180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Cut from the Original
Analogue EMI Master Tapes at Abbey Road Studios! Superior Audiophile Pressing!
Memorial Edition! Original Album Artwork!
Sir Thomas Beecham as a conductor was largely self-taught. Born into a rich
industrial family, he was able to access funds to nurture his musical talent and
later found and sustain orchestras, like the London Philharmonic and the Royal
Philharmonic, featured here in this famous recording of Strauss's last and
largest tone poem. His flamboyant style and acerbic wit often created enemies
amongst his peers (Boult found him 'repulsive' and Barbirolli mistrusted him)
and admirers amongst contemporary composers, such as Strauss, Stravinsky and
Sibelius, who sent telegrams for Beecham's 70th birthday celebrations only for
Beecham to quip "Nothing from Mozart?".
Recorded on April 17 & 22, 1958 at the Kingsway Hall, London. Produced by the
legendary Victor Olof and Peter Andry and Engineered by Robert Gooch. As Olof
writes on the sleeve: "This recording... is virtually the last major
orchestral work that Sir Thomas Beecham taped... I do not remember his making
fun at all during these sessions, as he was apt to do on most occasions. Maybe
he considered this as his lasting memorial to an old friend, little realizing
that it would also be his own memorial..."
Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analogue master tapes with
the Neumann VMS82 lathe fed an analogue pre-cut signal from a specially adapted
Studer A80 tape deck with additional 'advance' playback head, making the cut a
totally analogue process.
In the original 1961 review Edward Greenfield of the GRAMOPHONE wrote:
"No more fitting tribute to Beecham's memory could be imagined than this...
Beecham finds greater richness, a more truly forceful heroism than any other
conductor I know... on almost every page Beecham finds special felicities - the
sensuousness of the harp glissandi in the love music that never deteriorates
into sentimentality, the climax at figure 37 when the horns burst out and
Beecham so much more effectively than anyone else lets them be heard through the
complex web of the scoring..."
Recorded on 17 & 22 April 1958 at the Kingsway Hall, London.
• Hi-Q Records Supercuts 180g Vinyl
• Cut from the Original Analogue EMI Master Tapes at Abbey Road Studios!
• Superior Audiophile Pressing
• Features Original Album Artwork
• Memorial Edition
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Thomas Beecham, conductor
Steven Staryk, solo violin
Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Ein Heldenleben "A Hero's Life"
1. The Hero
2. His Adversaries
3. His Companion
4. His prowess in battle
5. His peaceful labours
6. His retirement and life's fulfilment